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How Samsung Increased Trust With a Sustainable Health and Safety Culture

ISO 45001 was only the start for Samsung on its journey to enhancing its sustainability and quality achievements.


“Our employees recognize senior management is prioritizing safety and environment and is making ample investments.” 

Samsung SDI Deokyeong Lee, Samsung SDI
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The People

Embodying a commitment to safety-first values

By prioritising and protecting the well-being of their people, Samsung delivered even more than anticipated thanks to their coordinated strategy.

Samsung SDI, which makes rechargeable batteries and energy storage systems, already placed a high priority on employee well-being. But they were determined to maintain high expectations by adopting the latest Occupational Health and Safety standard.

The Challenge

The next step on a best practice journey

With a plan to migrate from BS OHSAS 18001 to a new global standard, Samsung SDI wanted to cement its position as a safety-conscious employer while integrating its management systems effectively.

Samsung SDI has featured in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and strives to align with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), including provisions around the wellbeing of their people.

But with the introduction of a new global standard, ISO 45001, Samsung SDI recognized the need to adapt to new ways of working. The organization wanted to harmonize standards like Quality Management and Environmental Management into Samsung SDI's way of working more efficiently.

The Solution

Accelerating progress through health and safety

Successful certification for Occupational Health and Safety (ISO 45001) helped unlock a huge range of benefits for Samsung SDI beyond the enhanced wellbeing of employees.

Samsung SDI was the first in South Korea achieves Occupational Health and Safety certification. Alongside this, they embarked on a strategy to bring several other standards into a holistic, high-level structure that could streamline their operations.

The results brought Quality Management (ISO 9001), Energy Management (ISO 5001) and Environmental Management (ISO 14001) together, creates new efficiencies that helped the organization become more sustainable in areas such as water waste, biodiversity preservation and carbon emissions reduction.

The benefits

How worker wellbeing powered other key business areas.

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    A stronger health and safety culture at work

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    A more productive and efficient workforce

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    Improved integration of management systems

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    Enhanced reputation for safety nationally and globally

  • A further commitment to continuous improvement

Stats and Impact

Protecting workers and the environment

  • 24,000 people

    Samsung SDI employs 24,000 people in 26 global locations

  • 0 accidents

    In-house partner injuries from accidents reduced to 0 in 2022

  • 18th time

    Listed on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 18th time in 2022

  • A-rated

    A-rated on Morgan Stanley Capital International ESG score

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