June 30, 2020


Chr. Hansen internationally honored for positive safety transformation




Chr. Hansen has been granted this year's Safety Transformation Award by The British Safety Council.


This international award acknowledges health and safety initiatives and results for the calendar year 2019. Last year, Chr. Hansen had its lowest ever number of incidents. Over the past five to seven years, the company has managed to reduce work accidents by 90%, while it has added close to 100% new capacity to its production network.


"This is a great recognition of all the initiatives put in place by our Environment Health & Safety team - but also of the commitment to safety by every employee, every day. This has been definitely a challenge when a big part of our employees have come to work at sites that were literally, because of the expansions, huge construction sites for a long time," said Torsten Steenholt, executive vice president of global operations at Chr. Hansen. "As a company with global production sites and offices that employ around 3700 people, we are responsible for creating a safe work environment. We have several safety initiatives implemented to ensure that safety always comes first."


Peter Ibæk, director of environment, health and safety at Chr. Hansen, said: "This award comes at a time when focus on employee health and safety has been even more prominent, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to our underlying safety DNA, we have been able to adapt and ensure business continuity, while also implementing new protocols and even stricter safety measures."


Ibæk added: "We consider this award as a fantastic acknowledgment of being on the right path. But you can never tick off safety and declare that we're 100% there. We are highly aware of not getting complacent. This is also why we have a strategy in place towards 2025 with a number of new initiatives that will further assist in developing the mindset and the tools to help keeping each other safe."


Now in its 62nd year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations and individuals from around the world who have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme's independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.


- Chr. Hansen