The safety and well-being of our employees is our first priority. We are each responsible for the safety and well-being of each other. And that care extends to those in the communities in which we live and work.
We delivered another good year of safety performance in 2017, but we fell just short of our record 2016 safety performance. We are redoubling our efforts to ensure every worker on every Mosaic site is focused on his or her safety, as well as the safety of peers, every single day.
Employee safety is our first priority. We think about safety performance as more than just numbers—it’s about people.Joc O'Rourke – President & CEO
Through full-scale, hands-on Crisis Drills, we exercise best practices and help uncover any gaps in our processes to ensure we are prepared in an actual emergency. The drills involve scenarios of potential crises. If our sites are faced with something of similar magnitude, we have the tools and procedures in place to confidently react in a timely manner, while keeping our employees’ and our communities’ safety top of mind.
Across our sites, members of our Emergency Response Teams dedicate countless hours to training to ensure they are prepared for potential emergency situations, providing reassurance within their communities and pride among their colleagues. Their skills have been externally lauded throughout 2017—from top team-trainer recognition to topping podiums at Mine Rescue Competitions. Learn more about our Emergency Response Team in Saskatchewan.
In 2017, many of our employees were affected by Hurricane Irma. They faced personal property damage and loss, and the associated financial and emotional stress. In the immediate aftermath, our teams worked together to provide generators, tarps, plywood, water and other supplies for employees in need.
Employees across our sites recognized their colleagues’ needs and wanted to do more to help. To that end, we created an Employee-to-Employee Assistance Fund. The Mosaic Company Foundation provided $50,000 in seed funding, and pledges from employees lifted the fund to over $80,000. We also extended our support to community members in need by donating generators and other critical supplies to local organizations, volunteering to provide access to food, water and other necessities, and supporting the American Red Cross and Feeding Florida with a $100,000 donation from our Foundation.
Our potash operations in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, are surrounded by small communities, in which many of our employees reside. Those communities are typically not near a major trauma center. In the event of a critical injury or illness, quick transportation to medical centers can be life saving. That is why Mosaic supports the STARS air ambulance. For the past five years, it has provided emergency transport for those in dire need. In 2017, the highly skilled team of STARS pilots and flight nurses flew over 1,000 flights. To celebrate its five years of operation and support future years of community aid, Mosaic announced another $2.5 million in funding for STARS. Learn more about the STARS air ambulance.
One of our strategic priorities is to develop, engage and empower our people, and we are proud of the external recognition of our efforts. In 2017 we earned recognition as a top employer by Canada’s Top 100 Employers; Saskatchewan’s Top Employers, Voce S/A, and Best Companies to Work for in Brazil.