Tate & Lyle has no higher priority than safety, which we believe is fundamental to running a successful business. This means ensuring safe and healthy conditions for everyone at our sites: employees; contractors; and visitors. By reporting, recognising and rewarding safety performance, we aim to ensure that all our operations focus on continuous improvement.
The Group continued to make progress in safety performance in the 2009 calendar year, with improvements in all areas with the exception of the severity rate (lost workdays) which worsened by 18%. Following significant improvements in 2008, our contractor safety index worsened by 28% in 2009. This will be a major area of focus in 2010.