The Group-wide initiative “We all take care” is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since the start in 2002, it has motivated Freudenberg Group employees around the world to make their work and workstations safer, healthier and more environmentally friendly, and to take responsibility for society. In this way, the initiative expresses the way that Freudenberg lives its corporate values – beyond national boundaries, hierarchical levels and individual business units.
Freudenberg employees can submit projects with which they have achieved improvements in environmental protection, occupational health and safety, hazard prevention or corporate citizenship. To date, more than 3,000 projects have been submitted. With their considerable commitment, the employees assume responsibility and have made “We all take care” into what it is today: one of the most successful Group-wide initiatives in the history of Freudenberg.
Below, you can find five projects – one for
each "We all take care" focus area – that Freudenberg employees worldwide have submitted over the years.
A healthy start to the working day
Too little time for sport and healthy eating – this is the everyday life of many office workers. Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions (FHCS) in Rochdale, UK, saw a need for action and founded the project "We are what we eat!" The goal was to encourage a more active and balanced lifestyle, in the office and outside. Around 75 percent of employees participated in the project in one way or another. Many of them lost weight and improved their fitness through a healthier diet and increased exercise. Especially remarkable: in 2014, the number of sick days fell by over 50 percent compared to the previous year. FHCS in Rochdale won first place in the 2014 "We all take care" award with their project.
"Safety Blitz Idea" improves safety
The continuous improvement of safety standards is a key focus for EagleBurgmann in Wolfratshausen/Eurasburg, Germany. Preventing accidents is top priority, and reporting near misses is a key prevention tool. Following analysis of the reporting process, the project team drew inspiration from the "Blitz Idea" concept that was already in place at the site. This popular form enables colleagues to easily submit simple ideas for improvement. The team used this as the basis for developing the "Safety Blitz Idea". Both problem and solution can be described in just a few words. With the introduction of the "Safety Blitz Idea", the number of reports of near misses and potential hazards rose from 8 to 10 per year to around 400 in 2015.
The “Safety Blitz Idea” enables colleagues to easily report near misses and potential emergency situations.
The project team that implemented the idea
Over 70% resource savings
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies' stamping and shaping unit has developed a new method for producing metal components for Simmerrings, winning "Der Deutsche Innovationspreis 2011" for this innovation. The award was made for the company's ground-breaking SUL (German acronym for "narrow strip-forming laser welding") technology, which brings significant progress in occupational health and safety and environmental protection. The project also received a special award in the 2010 "We all take care" competition.
A narrow strip-forming laser welding facility
Enriching school life
In the Hungarian city of Kecskemét, employees of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) are supporting a neighboring primary school whose financial resources are severely restricted. In 2012, they planted 50 trees on the school grounds to give the students a place to play during the breaks. The employees also donated computers, printers, telephones and furniture that was no longer being used, such as desks, chairs and shelves. In the summer of 2015, FST employees enabled 120 students to enjoy a trip to the forest. At Christmas, they surprised the students with sports equipment such as table tennis bats and badminton rackets.
FST employees have been supporting a neighboring primary school in the Hungarian city of Kecskemét in various ways.
Travel safety – Well prepared on the road
Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions (FHCS) in Augsburg, Germany, has developed a safety training program for employees who travel either frequently or in high-risk countries where there are no Freudenberg locations. During the training sessions, the employees are given information on appropriate behavior, tools and emergency contacts. The feedback and ideas that the participants contribute are then systematically collected. On a dedicated "Travel Security" intranet page, all FHCS business travelers can find a checklist for travel preparation, important data about the destination and hotels, emergency numbers and supporting presentations.
A safety training program prepares FHCS employees for their travels abroad.