Safety and Culture

Strengthening our companywide commitment to keeping colleagues safe:  In fiscal 2010, we reduced our lost workday rate by 26 percent, and our total recordable incident rate fell by 10 percent, bringing our rates of improvement in these categories since 2007 to 50 and 38 percent, respectively.
Enhancing process safety throughout our operations:  ADM is also achieving notable gains in the area of Total Process Safety (TPS) – the approach we take to help minimize the risk of incidents at our facilities. In 2010, ADM issued new TPS guidelines to further improve our inspection and testing protocols, and to help ensure that production equipment and controls are designed, installed, operated, inspected, tested and maintained so that process incidents do not occur.   
Creating a culture of continuous safety improvement:  Tens of thousands of ADM employees have volunteered to observe their co-workers in action, or be observed, as part of a peer-feedback-based safety improvement program instituted in 2009.  
Increasing our spend with a diverse range of suppliers:  The goal of ADM's various diversity initiatives is to foster an inclusive culture in which our employees, business partners and suppliers can access valuable financial and professional opportunities and enable ADM to address complex business challenges. In 2010, our spending with businesses owned primarily by members of traditionally disadvantaged groups increased 16 percent over the prior year's total, to US$450 million.


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