NAIROBI, DEC 14 —Leading fast moving consumer goods manufacturer – Bidco Africa has bagged two International Safety Awards from the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), for its commitment to keeping its workers and workplace safe and healthy.
The company won the awards at IISSM’s 27th Annual Conclave, in New Delhi – India in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturer (FMCG) industrial sector category.
Bidco Africa’s Group director of operations –Thiagarajan Vijayakumar (TVK), who expressed his delight at receiving the award said:The awards were a powerful affirmation of our commitment to safety management and, by extension, to sustainable development.”
“Bidco Africa has always placed great emphasis on health and safety and we pride ourselves on a solid track record of safe operations,” he added.
Dr.Vijayakumar noted that Bidco’s health and safety recognition was also as a result of a concerted effort between the company and its partners, working with the company’s workforce to set the high standards.
“This award clearly demonstrates our commitment to managing Health and Safety in an appropriate and effective manner and the criteria set by IISSM, although challenging, shows the importance of ensuring the risk of injury and ill health in the workplace is properly controlled,” he said.
According to the company management, promoting and maintaining the health and safety of its employees, contractors and other stakeholders including suppliers, customers and the public, is an essential element of Bidco’s corporate business principles.
Accountability for health and safety performance has been established through the manufacturer’s business planning, policies and scorecards.
All its employees are responsible for health and safety in the operations they manage, and safety performance forms part of their scorecard. This has subsequently resulted in a strong safety culture that has effectively prevented accidents.
Now in their 27th year, the IISSM International Safety Awards seek to celebrate and promote the success of the winning organizations and their employees in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.
They are open to businesses, public and private sector bodies of all sizes and sectors from across the world.
The 2017 award winners demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges, their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health.
Bidco Africa is East Africa’s largest FMCG manufacturer. Founded in 1985 by BhimjiDepar Shah and his two sons Vimal Shah and Tarun Shah, Bidco Africa is the market leader in the edible oils and fats categories in Kenya.
The company also manufacturers Hygiene and personal care products,including bar soaps and detergents.