Our people are at the center of our business. Alongside our responsibilities to our customers and our own employees, we are also responsible for our impact on and relations with the local communities where we live and work.

We are committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment where individuals can progress to reach their full potential.

Occupational health and safety

We care for our workforce and want every employee to return home safely and in good health at the end of their working day.

High occupational health and safety standards are the basis for assuring the safety, health and wellbeing of our people, our customers and other stakeholders who attend our sites.

We regularly monitor health and safety regulations, industry standards and other best practice to meet our obligations and aim for compliance through regular internal and external audits.

We also work assiduously to eliminate health and safety hazards and incidents, including those that result in injuries and illnesses affecting our people. We continue to focus upon our “Vision Zero” initiative, a program that has led to a considerable reduction in safety incidents. Ultimately we strive for zero workplace injuries, process incidents, or environmental incidents.

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (per 1 Mio. hours worked)

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We recognize and encourage an inclusive and diverse workforce and work environment and continue to embed this through our company values, one of which is Inclusion. Our Code of Conduct states that we do not tolerate any discrimination, harassment or bullying for any reason. This also applies to our business partners (both direct and indirect) throughout our supply chain.

In order to broaden the diversity of our Swiss workforce, we joined the Advance Women network of approximately 60 companies in 2017, a group that aims to actively increase the share of women in leading positions in Swiss firms.

In 2020, we established a Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce to continue to underline the critical importance of a welcoming and inclusive work environment, in which diversity is embedded across our global network. We believe that diverse environments make a meaningful personal and professional difference to employees. They also drive business value by creating dynamic environments in which all employees are both comfortable and engaged. The Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce is governed by a Steering Committee comprised of senior company management. It is designed to reflect diversity through gender, age, seniority, ethnicity, personal background and professional experience. The Taskforce has a Leadership team that is responsible for engaging with local ambassadors at a site level to analyze diversity and inclusion issues across the company. Over the coming year, it will develop a roadmap to mitigate unconscious bias, foster inclusive leadership and ensure that all Lonza talents can thrive and add value to the business.

Compliance Instruments

Our Code of Conduct provides behavioral guidance and expectations to help all colleagues understand that doing what is right every day matters. All colleagues and contract workers are required to complete the training annually, up to and including our Executive Committee and our Board of Directors. Other global training topics beyond our Code of Conduct include anti-bribery, anti-corruption, discrimination and harassment, confidentiality and information security, conflicts of interest, fair competition (anti-trust), protection of assets, speaking up, unconscious bias, and workplace safety. In addition, we operate the "Lonza Ethics Hotline“ to capture potential unethical conduct.

We periodically review and update our policies to address changes of laws and regulations and strengthen compliance.

Lonza Ethics and Compliance