Protecting human rights
Kellogg is committed to respecting and protecting the rights of those affected directly and indirectly by our operations. In addition to being addressed in our employee and supplier codes, these commitments are outlined in our Human Rights Position Statement and our Policy Statement Prohibiting Involuntary Labor. We also publish an annual progress report that documents our milestones and actions that meets regulatory reporting requirements, including those of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act.
Several years ago, we formed a cross-functional team of leaders who continue to meet monthly to assess our human rights monitoring and verification processes. We monitor human rights across our supply chain using Sedex self-assessments and third-party audits. We also complete Sedex self-assessments for our own manufacturing facilities to ensure compliance with our policies.
We continue making progress on protecting human rights across our supply chain. In 2017, we developed a robust tracking and assessment program in KAP to ensure that contracted labor service providers comply with our expectations and protect their workers. We also completed farm-level audits, including interviewing migrant workers, to assess processes.
We take a broad view of human rights and believe it includes our commitment to be an employer of choice and to ensure the safety of our colleagues. We offer competitive benefits and rewards packages around the world, and an environment where success is celebrated and developing the careers and potential of our colleagues is a priority. Our performance-driven culture and Talent Philosophy helps people shape, grow and own their career experiences with regular assessments and feedback.
To help people develop their personal and professional skills, we recently launched the LinkedIn Learning platform of on-demand, on-line courses covering a wide variety of topics. We also have a formalized Professional Development Committee process to ensure robust employee development and succession plans across the company.
We mandate annual training for employees on ethics and compliance issues. These trainings reinforce our commitment to a safe and productive work environment that is inclusive and constructive. To clearly communicate the importance of sexual harassment issues, a training was introduced using a video featuring senior executives who encouraged any employee with concerns to speak up and reminded people of our confidential Ethics Hotline.
Ensuring a safe work place is part of our K Values™ and we have long believed that all workplace accidents are preventable. Both our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) fell again in 2017 and are significantly below the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry benchmarks of 4.7 and 1.3, respectively. Although we are pleased to now be among other world-class companies with TRIR and LTIR rates below one, we have additional work to do to achieve our goal of a zero-incident rate.
Our progress on this journey is guided by our Kellogg Work System (KWS), which is transforming the way we work across our Global Supply Chain by increasing employee engagement and creating a high-performing organization. KWS combines best practices, standardized processes and a commitment to continuous improvement. This consistent approach across all our plants helped drive a 22 percent improvement in people safety in 2017. Additionally, three of our U.S. bakeries - Wyoming, MI, Cary, NC and Jackson, TN were recognized with the American Bakery Association’s Chairman’s Award for Safety Excellence.