Auditing our performance
We regularly perform audits across our operations to determine compliance with our regulations and standards. Enablon, our integrated sustainability management system, facilitates data tracking and supports the development of a better understanding of specific issues. It also provides a platform for devising and tracking action plans, ensuring their completion and reinforcing accountability for sites and individuals. In FY2020 we conducted 18 audits at our sites: nine for health and safety and nine for environmental performance (2019: 18 audits).
In FY2020, we completed our first interval of scored HSE audits for all operating facilities. This audit-scoring process enables us to identify common strengths and opportunities for improvement across the organization. These audits encompass compliance with HSE regulatory requirements as well as Birla Carbon’s internal standards. They also assess key leadership activities and management systems on-site.
The average audit score for all sites was 90%. Future audits will stress accountability for improvement against previous results. Results are tracked to completion in an action plan and reported on to company leadership on a monthly basis.
Our HSE standards are central to our audits, which analyze working practices and evaluate standard effectiveness on-site, reporting monthly. Each standard also includes a self-assessment section, which requires site leaders to monitor and track improvements. Several new standards were implemented, with other key standards revised in FY2020, in areas such as inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection and emergency equipment, and management of change, to improve and reinforce expectations in key areas and address gaps identified in audits.