Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership

A look at how we strategize and align for systems and compliance.

EHS Leadership Council 
EHS-Team.jpgFortune Brands’ Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) leadership council helps define strategy for the Company on EHS matters and ensure that each business’ specific initiatives are aligned. The council, pictured here, is represented by subject matter experts from each business segment and led by Fortune Brands EHS. 

The findings of the council are reported to senior management. On an annual basis, senior management provides a comprehensive company-wide update on EHS and global citizenship efforts to the Fortune Brands Board of Directors’ Nominating, Environmental, Social & Governance Committee, which has responsibility for monitoring the Company’s environmental, health and safety programs.  

Safety and environmental training is a top priority at Fortune Brands and robust training is a core element in our management systems. 

We require our manufacturing and distribution associates to participate and demonstrate knowledge in appropriate and required safety and environmental programs. We also have specific training to support our global supply chain on topics such as fire prevention, occupational illness prevention and the importance of implementing health and safety management systems.

Keeping Safety Top-of-Mind
Fortune Brands’ CEO, Nicholas Fink, is intent on keeping safety in our facilities a high priority. In his messages to associates, he underscores the importance of looking out for each other, and taking responsibility to speak up if someone is aware of a potentially unsafe action. 

Leaders throughout the Company also emphasize the importance of safety during huddle meetings, town halls and through our other internal communications channels.

Safety Outcomes
Our focus on reducing risks, implementing strong management systems, and embracing the core value of being accountable to oneself and to fellow associates has yielded strong results. Fortune Brands has maintained strong safety metrics as the company has grown in sales and size. Our OSHA recordable incident and lost-time rates are better than benchmarks, and we are proud of our record of significantly improving the safety of our acquired businesses. From 2016-2020, Fortune Brands has improved our benchmark Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Lost-Time Rate (LTR), key safety performance metrics used across industries.  

Total Recordable Incident Rate:

  • 2020: 1.20
  • 2019:  1.20
  • 2018:  1.23
  • 2017:  1.40
  • 2016:  1.80

Lost-Time Rate:

  • 2020: 0.40
  • 2019:  0.40
  • 2018:  0.41
  • 2017:  0.39
  • 2016:  0.40

These rates are calculated per 100 employees, and they include all global full-time associates, temporary workers and contractors under our direct supervision. Additionally, we have had zero fatalities in 2020, 2019 and 2018 for Fortune Brands associates, temporary workers and contractors under our direct supervision.

To maintain momentum, we are leveraging data through our enterprise-wide software platform to identify trends, implement leading indicators and track all incidents to effective closure. Our robust internal record-keeping includes all full-time employees, temporary workers and contractors under our direct supervision. We realize that we need to be vigilant every day, continually assessing our progress, and seek opportunities for continuous improvement.