Policies & Certifications
At Berry, safety is our number one priority. Through our investments in safety equipment and training, we have lowered our incident rating to one of the lowest in the industry.
It is the policy of Berry Global Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries to conduct business in accordance with the highest ethical, moral, and legal standards. In so doing, Berry Global will conduct its business efficiently, in good faith, with due care, and in the best interest of the Company, its employees, and its shareholders. To read more, or to browse the governance documents and committee charters, view our Corporate Governance page.
Health & Safety Management System
We track our total recordable incident rate as our key performance indicator for this disclosure. Our recordable incident rate is calculated using U.S. OSHA's classification criteria.
Industry average is based on the incident rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for Plastics Product Manufacturing (NAICS 3261) as published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:
*2019 industry average data is not yet available. 2018 data was used as an estimate.
Scope of Social Supplier Standards
Berry Global Group, Inc. our affiliates, divisions, and subsidiaries strive to conduct business in a responsible manner. As we expand our business activities abroad and work with suppliers globally to meet customers’ needs, it is important to preserve our collective commitment to human rights in the workplace as well as to a safe work environment.
In order to continue to honor these values and principles, we have decided to conduct business only with suppliers who share a similar commitment. We have created a Supplier Code of Conduct to outline what we expect from our suppliers with respect to labor and employment rights, environmental health and safety, ethics and social responsibility, and global trade practices. Suppliers are expected to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct and must operate in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
When local laws and regulations are less restrictive than our Supplier Code of Conduct, we expect suppliers to adhere to our principles. Failure to comply with internationally recognized standards and the standards set forth in our Supplier Code of Conduct may result in the termination of our business relationship. Berry may conduct on-site audits to ensure compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct.
At Berry, we expressly prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, disability, age, or any other category protected by law. Berry prohibits any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a concern that this policy has been violated or who cooperates in related investigations. Berry takes all allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation very seriously and is firmly committed to ensuring a workplace free of those discriminatory activities. Anyone engaging in discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Collective Bargaining Agreements
As of the end of fiscal year 2019, we employed approximately 48,000 employees with approximately 20% of those employees being covered by collective bargaining agreements. The collective bargaining agreements covering a majority of these employees expire annually and as a result, are due for renegotiation in fiscal 2020. Our relations with employees under collective bargaining agreements remain satisfactory and there have been no significant work stoppages or other labor disputes during the past three years.