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Employee Health

Tobacco POLICY

Global Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy 

Research shows that there is a direct link between employee vitality and an organization’s performance. Healthy employees allow for an organization that is more productive and sustainable. At Greif, our health strategy is focused on prevention, quality and advocacy. We aim to promote a culture of well-being that empowers and encourages our employees to lead active, healthy lives. This means providing a healthy, safe and positive work environment as well as developing a range of programs and tools to raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. These programs encourage employees to optimize their health, contributing not only to greater well-being, but also enhanced productivity and performance at work.

Our range of well-being programs at sites around the world vary from country to country. They are designed to provide all employees with access to adequate, affordable and targeted health offerings, which foster a culture of health and well-being at work. Depending on the location, these programs may include, for example, medical services (e.g., medical check-ups, screenings), fitness centers, healthy meals, workplace ergonomic evaluations and physical exercise, counselling services and awareness raising programs. 

Greif Well-Being Programs
Asia Pacific (APAC)

Asia Pacific (APAC)


Employees in Singapore run for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge.

Our health program in the APAC region focuses on prevention. Employees are offered free medical checkups, healthy meals at work, fitness classes, a Health Talk Series focused on raising awareness about a wide range of health topics and annual health screens. Employees are also encouraged to participate in local running events.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Employees in Europe bike to work.

Our health program in EMEA focuses on prevention and encouraging employees to lead active, healthy lives. In various countries, we offer company contribution towards gym membership for employees, health screens, assistance to help employees stop smoking including contribution towards nicotine patches, a ‘Cycle to Work’ program offering financially subsidized bicycles to encourage employees to commute to work by bike, regular, themed health promotions and flu vaccinations for employees.

Latin America

Latin America

Blue November: Employees in Latin America are raising awareness about prostate cancer.

Our health program in Latin America focuses on prevention. In Argentina, we offer annual flu vaccinations to our employees, which reduce absenteeism and keep our workforce healthy during the flu season. In Brazil, we offer daily ergonomic exercises. By 2016, we will start a Health Talk Series focused on a wide range of health topics including diet, blood pressure and addiction prevention.

North America

North America

Go Red: Employees in North America are bringing attention to the No. 1 killer of women - heart disease.

In North America, we have introduced the Be Healthy program to encourage our employees to take steps to improve and maintain their health. As part of this program, tools and assistance are provided to employees to get free annual medical checkups and to quit using tobacco. Furthermore, our Employee Assistance Program is available to our employees in this region.



Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Many of our co-workers in North America have access to an EAP. This is a work based intervention program, a confidential information service designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well-being of all employees and includes services for immediate family members. The aim of an EAP is to provide preventive and proactive interventions for the early detection, identification and/or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance and well-being. These problems and issues may include, but are not limited to, relationships, health, trauma, substance abuse, gambling and other addictions, financial problems, depression, anxiety disorders, psychiatric disorders, communication problems and coping with change.


Goals & Performance

Driven by our leadership, safeguarding the health and welfare of our people is our top priority. We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, contractors and visitors.

Building on a commitment to embed a culture of safety at every Greif facility, our investments continue to deliver positive outcomes. This commitment to our Greif team members, no matter where they are, is one of the most important aspects of The Greif Way.

We have targets to reduce workplace injuries and accidents in our factories and offices. We continuously monitor and report on key workforce personal safety metrics. Our facilities are audited by a third-party on a biannual basis to ensure compliance with all policies, laws and regulations. Our safety culture also extends to our contractors who must comply with our contractor safety policy while on site and must participate in trainings aligned with their respective work.

  • Reduce Medical Case Rate by 10 percent over a fiscal year 2016 by the end of fiscal year 2017.

  • Achieve 100 percent safety - Medical Case Rate Zero – in the long term.


From 2015 to 2016, we reduced our Medical Case Rate (MCR), which measures the number of recordable injuries per 100 full-time employees, by 20 percent far surpassing our annual 10 percent reduction goal. Since 2007, we reduced our MCR by 73 percent, from 3.51 to 0.96, on the path to our goal of 0 MCR.

In 2016, our global Lost Workday Case Rate, which measures the number of recordable injuries or illnesses resulting in lost workdays per 100 full-time employees, was 0.57. The number of lost time injury events was 87 and the number of days lost due to injuries was 4,160. The lost time severity rate for our direct workforce was 0.14.



Employee Safety Training

16.2 hours of safety training on average taken by Greif production employees in 2016. In total, Greif production employees received 214,888 hours of safety training.



Medical Case Rate of Zero

84 facilities achieved a medical case rate of zero in 2016.



Chairman’s Safety Excellence Award

50 facilities were awarded the Chairman’s Safety Excellence Award in 2016 for achieving an audited medical case rate of less than 1 and an EHS audit score of 90 percent or greater.

*Medical case rate (MCR) measures the number of recordable injuries per 100 full-time employees.

Our GROW: Safety Leadership & Development Academy, created to establish a sustainable and strategic system for developing managers into safety leaders within Greif, expanded from North America to Latin America in 2016, with 310 managers participating in one of the GROW Academy sessions.

During 2014, we also introduced Plant Olympics in the drum manufacturing plants of the EMEA region. The program is designed to reinforce a pattern of excellence by ranking each plant as gold, silver or bronze and rewarding workers for outstanding accomplishments. The Plant Olympics ratings are based on safety, people, productivity, sustainability and customer satisfaction and the 5S of lean manufacturing — Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.



Employee Safety

Greif's principles are the same wherever we are in the world. Safety is our first priority.

-from The Greif Way


EHS Policy & Management System

Global Contractor Safety Policy

We are one team across all geographies and businesses, committed to one promise—deliver value that meets or exceeds our customers’ expectations by acting with one purpose— protecting people and products.

Everything we do depends on the safety of our operations, our workforce and the communities around us. We focus on improving safety through visible leadership, the positive behavior of our people, the design of our plants, facilities and products, and by implementing safe systems and procedures throughout Greif.

To drive a culture of safety, we have a global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Policy and regional EHS policies for all facilities. The seven-member Global Safety Skills Team comprises leaders from our four major regions (North America; Latin America; Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa) plus representatives from our Land Management, Global Packaging Accessories and Flexible Products and Services business units. The team reports to our division presidents. We also have an EHS management team that provides support to our manufacturing operations and safety committees at each plant. Safety committees are comprised of facility-level management and laborers. We escalate any safety compliance tasks that our employees do not report as complete in our compliance management system through our chain of command and ultimately to the CEO if compliance goes unaddressed. To ensure the integrity of EHS management and compliance with all policies, laws and regulations, we conduct third-party audits of our facilities every two years. 

Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) activities are built upon three pillars: skilled people; management systems; and design and technology. These are the foundational tools used to manufacture, market and distribute our products globally in a manner that protects employees, neighbors, customers and the environment.


The Greif Way

Greif's values are the same wherever we are in the world. We are ethical, strong through diversity, serious about sustainability and committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our work. Greif is committed to the protection of the environment and the health and safety of its employees, customers, and neighbors worldwide.

EHS: The Greif Way

We honor our history as we focus on our future. We use financial, natural and human resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We take responsibility to be safe in everything we do. We are diligent in protecting our own safety as well as the safety of our co-workers and neighbors. We correct unsafe practices or conditions when we see them, and stop any activity that brings unnecessary risk to human health or the environment.

Greif's principles are the same wherever we are in the world. Safety is our first priority.

-from The Greif Way


EHS Policy & Management System

Global Contractor Safety Policy

Key figures


Sites in 46+ countries

Our global reach is near you

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Our people — principled, intelligent and reliable — reaffirm our reputation for integrity every day with their every action

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Years of experience

For the past 140 years, the world’s most important products have travelled around the world in Greif industrial packaging

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