Sustainability at PPG
Employees and the Workplace
PPG understands its success as a company is linked directly to its people. Creating safe, healthy and fulfilling workplaces for employees is critical to PPG’s future success. PPG also understands that organizations that foster inclusiveness and seek to empower people are more innovative and more productive. With more than 38,000 employees, PPG is committed to continuing to invest in its people and in a workplace defined by constant learning and recognition of the full diversity of ideas and individuals.
At PPG, approximately 38 percent of the total workforce is employed in the United States and Canada; 41 percent in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); 18 percent in Asia/Pacific; and 3 percent in Latin America. About 41 percent of the total workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Safety and Health
Since 2000, PPG has reduced its injury and illness rate by 68 percent, far exceeding internal improvement goals. In 2009, the company established new goals for the 2009–2013 time period that expand on its previous plan. Since that time, PPG has experienced a flat trend in its injury rates. As such, injury reduction strategies are being adjusted to help resume the downward trend. PPG estimates that its riskreduction efforts since 1999 have prevented more than 2,850 PPG injury and illness cases globally. Unfortunately, in 2011, a PPG employee at the Busan, Korea, site died when his fork lift truck was struck by a vehicle while crossing a public road.
In 2011, PPG’s ergonomic injury rate was 0.13 cases per hundred workers. This was flat versus the previous year. In an effort to further improve, more than 500 people have been trained using global ergonomics software. In addition, PPG’s Ergo Cup competition had a record 62 projects submitted in 2011, which save the company more than $3 million annually in injury prevention and production efficiency costs.
Promoting a Culture of Health
PPG continues to build on its internationally benchmarked employee wellness initiatives. In addition to providing an assortment of easy-to-use online tools – including the “health risk assessment” to gauge individual employee health and tailor steps for improvement – PPG has expanded its educational initiatives, including “10 Keys to a Healthier Lifestyle,” “Four Wellness Absolutes,” and the “Mediterranean Path to Wellness.” Those efforts were augmented by an eight-week series of health-improvement webinars (“It Takes Eight to Feel Great”), and an eight-week series of webinars regarding healthy cooking. Based on its U.S. “Wellness Summits,” PPG planned summits for Europe and Asia aimed at promoting the wellness initiative among regional and local leaders. A highly successful “Not One Ounce” weight-maintenance campaign was conducted during what is for some in the United States a calorie-laden holiday span of October through January. More than 3,100 of the 4,600-plus participants in that program maintained or lost weight.
PPG’s diversity initiatives continue to grow and expand around the company’s global operations. The Diversity Leadership Team comprises members from PPG businesses and regions around the world. The Women’s Leadership Council, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011, has grown to now have chapters across the United States, and in the Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. Other diversity councils include the Minority Leadership Council; Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Council; and the Generational Diversity Council, launched in 2011. The councils collaborated on webinars – open to all employees – on career management, networking and executive presence.