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Our People

The health, safety, wellbeing and engagement of our people is a top priority at Renewi.

Investing in our people

Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is crucial to Renewi’s success. We take that responsibility very seriously.

Our people are crucial to the success of Renewi. Their dedication and commitment to our ‘waste no more’ goal is one of the key reasons our customers choose to work with us. This is why the health, safety, wellbeing and engagement of our people is a top priority for Renewi. This starts with making sure they go home safely every day.

Shanks and Van Gansewinkel (VGG) both brought strong safety cultures to Renewi, which is why we performed well on our safety objectives for 2016/17, despite the inevitable focus on our merger. Our lost time injury frequency improved by 5% over the year. The number of near misses raised by our employees rose by 20% during the same period and the rate at which we closed these out improved by 26%. For us, safety is a way of life.

As part of this, we continue to hold our annual Group Safety Award, which seeks to encourage improvement and innovation in health and safety across the company (see case study, page 24 of our Corporate Social Responsibility Report). We also celebrated International Safety Day, on 28 April 2016, across our sites in the Benelux (see case study, below).

Investing in safety

While our safety record is strong, we intend to continually improve. In addition to setting ourselves a target of reducing both our accident and lost time injury frequency rates by 25% over the coming years, we have already launched a number of safety improvement initiatives:

  • Machinery safety: as part of our new Group-wide machinery safety initiative launched in April, we will assess and improve our standards for ‘locking off’ machinery when undertaking dangerous tasks. We have already performed more than 90 lock-off audits, and will conduct machinery safety training workshops for nearly 60 of our internal H&S specialists.
  • Safety leadership: Shanks has had a safety leadership scheme in place for more than five years. Under this scheme, all senior leaders are required to carry out at least two dedicated health and safety visits to sites every quarter. Key to this scheme is direct engagement on health and safety between those at the top of our company and operational employees. During 2017 we will revise and improve this scheme, and spread it across our wider Renewi operations.
  • Traffic management: collisions between trucks, mobile plant and pedestrians are the most common cause of fatalities on waste management sites. It is logical for us to mirror this approach when we are on the road. Our record on preventing these accidents is already good, but we have launched a continuous improvement programme on traffic management because we want to do better. We also invest in educating children on road safety.

Equal opportunities

Renewi is an equal opportunities employer and full and fair consideration is given to applications from, the continuing employment of, and career development and training of disabled people. Approximately 15% of our workforce is female, with 1,029 women employed. We also have one female Board member.

We benefit enormously from our diverse workforce. Our people come from different backgrounds and from a wide range of cultures, creating a vibrant workforce where we can all learn from one another.

Engaging our employees

Without engaged employees, we cannot deliver on our promise to customers, shareholders and society at large to help protect the planet by giving new life to used materials. Shanks and VGG have historically invested in employee engagement surveys to track levels of engagement and work towards improving them. We are committed to continue this investment and will, in due course, conduct a Renewi-wide employee engagement survey to establish our baseline of engagement and set improvement objectives.

Employee Safety

Number fatal accidents 0 0 0
Number >3 day accidents 135 132 -2
>3 day accident rate 1,820 1,920 5
Number lost time injuries (LTI) 181 170 -6
LTI frequency rate 10.7 10.2 -5
Number of near-misses raised 11,552 13,821 20
Number of near-misses closed out 8,681 10,919 26
Near-miss close-out rate 75% 79% 5 75% 79% 5
Total number permanent employees (FTE) 7,616 7,077  
Number of male permanent employees 6,580 6,048  
Number of female permanent employees 1,138 1,029  
Number of male statutory plc Board directors 7 7  
Number of female statutory plc Board directors 1 1  
Permanent employee turnover (%) 6.3 9.7  
Number of non-permanent employees 1,346 1,365  
Total employee absenteeism from work (% of available days) 4.8 5.2  
Work-related accident absenteeism (% of available days) 0.2 0.2  


>3 day accident: Accident which results in a person being off-work for more than three days
>3 day accident rate: Number >3 day accidents / FTE x 100,000 = rate
LTI (lost time injury): Accident which results in a person being off work for a day or more
LTI frequency rate: Number LTIs / total number hours worked x 1,000,000 = rate
Near-miss: An accident which nearly occurred. Also called risk reports, close-calls etc
Near-miss close-out rate: Number near-misses closed-out / number near-misses raised as a %
Employee data based on new merged and refined Renewi definitions, such as on status of fixed-term contract workers

Case studies

International Safety Day
Annual Safety Award