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Winners of the 14th DuPont Safety & Sustainability Award Announced

Digital panel discussion on February 25, 2021 focuses on how operations, safety, and sustainability achievements contribute to resilience

Geneva, January 20, 2021 – DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards, recognized for the innovative, systemic changes they have made to their operations. The winners of the three global awards are:


  • Engro Fertilizers Limited, Pakistan – Global Safety Innovation Award
  • Dubai Municipality, UAE – Global Sustainability Award
  • SMRT Trains Ltd, Singapore – Global Operations Improvement Award


Senior executives from a number of the award-winning companies will take part in an online panel discussion about the ability to sustain operational improvements and consolidate performance even in challenging times. The discussion, hosted by DSS CEO Davide Vassallo, will be broadcast around the globe on Thursday, February 25th and will be followed by a live Q&A session. Among the panelists are:


  • Ms. Akanksha Sharma, Global Head – Social Impact and Sustainability, Sterlite Technologies Ltd.
  • Mr. Alvin Kek Yoke Boon, Senior Vice President – Rail Operations, SMRT Trains


Further panelists will be announced closer to the date.

“I would invite us all to find inspiration in the stories of the global award-winners, far beyond the specifics of their program or initiative,” says jury president, Mieke Jacobs.

“The critical success factors are transferrable beyond region, industry, size and maturity. They start with engaging all stakeholders in the urgency to change, from employees to communities. Momentum is gained by a bottoms-up approach, acting on the improvement ideas at all levels in the organization and with critical partners. That requires resilience and persistence in times of adversity. It demands courage, and creativity as innovative solutions and new technologies become increasingly more important to stay ahead of the game. In our panel discussions, we will engage the award-winners in a conversation about the lessons they have learnt, some of them hard-won.”


The award-winning projects

Engro Fertilizers undertook a root and branch overhaul of its safety systems, invested in digitization initiatives and doubled down efforts on development of new capabilities. In line with Engro’s philosophy of being world class in HSE, the all-encompassing Safety Beyond Excellence strategy led to an 87% reduction in the Total Recordable Incident Rate, resulted in a sharp reduction in operational upsets / fire incidents, significantly improved risk management and led to an increase in employee and stakeholder engagement. All this eventually led to significant gains in company profits.

Dubai Municipality was recognized for the development and introduction of an integrated, sustainable wastewater recycling program in Dubai which more than doubled daily sewage treatment capacity on the same footprint while using approx. 25% less power to operate. The municipality has made significant advances in implementing the principles of a circular economy.

Staff at the SMRT, the pioneer Mass Rapid Transit operator in Singapore, developed innovative initiatives which include a laser track trolley for safer and more efficient running of rail wear and track assessment, the introduction of an automated track access management system, and the establishment of a mobile operation and maintenance system. These improvements alone, which are part of a wider Kaizen management philosophy for continual improvements in workflows, have achieved a substantial reduction in manhours equating to savings of S$ 10.3 million/year while, at the same time, greatly enhancing safety, reliability, well-being, efficiency, and quality.


For further details on both global and regional award-winners visit https://www.consultdss.com/dssa-awards/.


The panel discussion and subsequent live Q&A session on Thursday, February 25th is available at the following times:

  • Singapore Time zone: 14:00
  • Gulf Standard Time: 14:00 / Greenwich Mean Time: 10:00 / Central European Time: 11:00


The DuPont Safety & Sustainability Awards

Since its launch in 2002, the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards have honored organizations that innovate, engage with stakeholders, and commit to furthering workplace safety, sustainability, and operational excellence. The awards seek to promote initiatives that save lives, protect the environment, and inspire a culture of continuous learning and improvement.  


Full List of Winners of the 14th DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards


Operational Improvement Award
Global Winner: SMRT Trains Ltd, Singapore


Safety Innovation Award
Global Winner: Engro Fertilizers Limited, Pakistan
Regional Winner, EMEA: Saudi Aramco – Power Systems, Saudi Arabia
Regional Winner, Americas: Usina Coruripe, Brazil
Honorable Mention: Neste Corporation, Finland


Sustainability Award
Global Winner: Dubai Municipality, UAE
Regional Winner, Asia Pacific: Sterlite Technologies Ltd., India, Italy, China & Brazil
Regional Winner, Americas: Grupo Boticário, Brazil
Honorable Mention: KCB Group, East Africa


Note to editors Interviews with the award-winners can be arranged by contacting the John Michael Kern. Contact details are shown below.


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About DuPont Sustainable Solutions


DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is a leading provider of operations management consulting services that enable organizations to protect their employees and assets, realize operational efficiencies, innovate more rapidly, and build workforce capability. By leveraging its DuPont heritage, deep industry and business process expertise, and diverse team of expert consultants, DSS helps clients turn operations management into a competitive advantage. Additional information is available at www.consultdss.com.


DuPont, the DuPont Oval Logo and certain trademarks and service marks that include “DuPont” are owned by affiliates of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and licensed to DSS for a limited period of time.


Contact:

John Michael Kern

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

+41 79 720 1538

john.kern@consultdss.com

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Appendix: Project Descriptions

Operational Improvement Award

Global Winner: SMRT Trains Ltd, Singapore

Staff at the SMRT public transport system for Singapore developed innovative initiatives which included a laser track trolley for safer and more efficient running rail wear and track assessment, the introduction of an automated track access management system, and the establishment of a mobile operation and maintenance system. These improvements alone, which are part of a wider Kaizen management philosophy, have achieved a substantial reduction in manhours equating to savings of S$ 10.3 million/year while, at the same time, greatly enhancing safety, reliability, well-being, efficiency, and quality.


Safety Innovation Award

Global Winner: Engro Fertilizers Limited, Pakistan

Engro Fertilizers undertook a root and branch overhaul of its safety systems and invested in the development of new capabilities. This led to an 87% reduction in the Total Recordable Incident Rate, but also resulted in a sharp reduction in operational upsets and fire/smoke incidents and improved resource utilization, which Engro says contributed to an upsurge in after-tax profits from approx. 5.5 Bn PKR to 17.4 Bn PKR between 2013 and 2019.

Regional Winner EMEA: Saudi Aramco – Power Systems, Saudi Arabia

The Power Systems “Be The Best” Safety Transformation Project, launched in 2018, focused on enhancing performance dialogues at every level of the organization, refining their safety management system, developing an operational excellence dashboard, and introducing a behavior-based safety program. The bottom-up approach, strengthened by one-to-one and group observations, as well as coaching and mentoring, resulted in zero lost time injuries, zero off-the-job injuries, a 65% reduction in traffic infractions and improvement of 33% to both average system interruption duration and frequency between 2018 and 2019.

Regional Winner Americas: Usina Coruripe, Brazil

Despite having a safety performance that is above average for their industry, Coruripe, one of Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol producers, investigated the cause of accidents, and found that 85% were attributable to unsafe behavior of workers. To address this, they launched the “Zero Accident, Always” program. The program consisted of leadership training and development, awareness campaigns, knowledge building and a new governance structure. By 2019, the company recorded a 97% reduction in accident frequency and a 96% reduction in accident severity. The reduction in accidents helped the company save around USD6 million. The company has also been recognized as “best in people management” by Brazil’s Você S.A. magazine each year since 2016.

Honorable Mention: Neste Corporation, Finland

For Neste, safety means excellence in risk management and a target of No Harm, Together can only be achieved if everyone in the organization is truly committed to managing and improving safety. To pursue this goal, they introduced their “Way Forward to Safety” program in 2015. They trained 60 internal trainers who held 250 workshops, while also setting up multiple key performance indicators (KPIs), some unique to the company, such as “Safe Days”. By 2018, the company increased the number of safe days from 262 to 314, reduced the Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF) by 37% for employees and 57% for contractors, decreased Process Safety Events Rate (PSER) by 53% and concurrently reduced production losses.


Sustainability Award

Global Winner: Dubai Municipality, UAE

Dubai Municipality was recognized for the development and introduction of an integrated, sustainable wastewater recycling program in Dubai which more than doubled daily sewage treatment capacity on the same footprint while using approx. 25% less power to operate. The municipality has made significant advances in implementing the principles of a circular economy.

Regional Winner Asia Pacific: Sterlite Technologies Ltd., India, Italy, China & Brazil

With the aim of fulfilling its Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) goal, STL began transforming its Indian manufacturing facilities in 2018. Starting in March 2019, STL examined and revised all its business practices and developed and applied several innovations and technologies throughout the value chain. Doing so helped the company to divert over 64,000 MT waste from landfill, and three of STL’s five manufacturing facilities have now been certified as ZWL units with an additional factory close to ZWL certification.

Regional Winner Americas: Grupo Boticário, Brazil

GrupoBoticário, a leading beauty and cosmetics company headquartered in Brazil, currently has one of the largest packaging reverse logistics operations in the world. After a previous recycling recipient stopped accepting fragrance caps made of Surlyn® resin, the company decided to investigate if it could replace virgin Surlyn® with a recycled alternative. The group designed a process to produce Surlyn® perfume caps from residues generated by two of the company’s factories and material collected as part of the group’s recycling program. This pioneering solution now allows the company to make full use of waste that was previously not returned to the manufacturing process, reusing approx. 3 tons of Surlyn® in production and thus cutting the company’s manufacturing carbon footprint by 10%.

Honorable Mention: KCB Group, East Africa

In 2018, the KCB Group, East Africa’s leading financial services provider, began to identify and track existing and potential green assets – assets which have social, environmental and/or economic value – as part of their commitment to sustainable finance. They identified over USD48 million of green finance projects and over USD137 million worth of potential green financing in sectors ranging from transport to renewable energy. Through their “Digital Fast and First” strategy, they have broadened access to financing, lowered the cost of service delivery and yielded positive returns for shareholders by developing multiple innovative products and services to provide banking to people previously outside the formal banking system. Examples include a Women in Business program, Shariah conform banking and programs providing banking services to the elderly, orphans, and people with disabilities.