Health and safety is James Fisher's top priority and we actively strive for the continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace.

Our overarching goal remains to maintain the health and safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers and customers at all times.

The nature of our operations means that we frequently face hazards and harsh environments for which we are well prepared, trained and equipped.

We want people, including those benefitting from our products and services, to return safely to their homes, families, and friends every day. This is the inspiration for our "goal zero" incidents vision. To embed the right mindset and realise this vision, we will invest our efforts in three areas; policy development, education, and engagement.

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Health and safety governance

The Group’s health, safety and security priorities, objectives, and performance monitoring are co-ordinated and governed by:

  • The Health and Safety Committee: Chaired by the CEO and comprising the Executive Team, the Committee has oversight and conducts quarterly reviews of the Group’s health, safety and security performance
  • The Safety Forum: Comprising the health and safety leaders from each operating company, the forum is responsible for providing updates on health, safety and security issues and events, sharing best practices, and advising the Health and Safety Committee on Group-wide initiatives to improve performance.
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Health and safety training

2022 health and safety performance did show an improvement on 2021 HSE performance data. During 2022, there have been incidents including high potential near misses and Lost Time Injuries. The Group has appointed a central HSEQ leader to improve the HSEQ performance and adopt best practice frameworks, processes, and standards across the Group.

Executive leaders continue to increase the level of awareness and focus on health and safety, and the Group Safety Forum is successfully sharing best practice, improving root cause analysis, initiatives and lessons learned amongst all stakeholders across the Group.

The Health, Safety and Security (HS&S) focus area will be led through our Business Excellence team from 2023. The Safety Forum supports a Group-wide commitment to a positive, collaborative culture that focuses on people empowerment while developing and deploying business critical standards, policies, procedures, and systems, ensuring compliance through monitoring.

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Reducing our environmental impact

Meeting our targets and commitments, and effective management and tracking of our ESG performance requires clearly defined leadership and direction, and strategic influence. Therefore a robust and regularly reviewed Governance structure is essential.

During 2022 the Sustainability Committee carried out a review of the sustainability organisation and governance structure to support our overarching sustainability and climate change agenda. As a result, various clarifications and changes to the executive level committee were made in order that it could be as effective as possible in curating activities across our respective sustainability
areas of focus.

Sustainability Committee

Our Sustainability Committee, led by the Chief Executive Officer, reports directly to the Board of Directors and supports the Group’s sustainability strategy activation across all our operating companies.

  • Recommending to the Board sustainability / ESG objectives and strategy for the Group, having regard to the interests of its stakeholders
  • Recommending to the Board non-financial KPIs and targets
  • Successful execution of sustainability strategy and KPIs throughout the Group
  • Ongoing oversight of implementation of the individual stakeholder objectives and strategies into operating companies, through review of regular reports from the stakeholder working groups
  • ESG performance reporting both internally and externally ensuring compliance where regulated
  • Arrange for periodic reviews of its own performance and, at least annually, review its constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness
Stakeholder working groups

The Sustainability Committee is supported by stakeholder working groups, each with the mandate for identifying and driving best practice initiatives for implementation by the operating companies of the strategy and sharing of information and recommendations to the Committee.

  • Translate overarching sustainability objectives and priorities into stakeholder-focused objectives, KPIs and targets
  • Identify, recruit and empower sustainability champions within operating companies, to drive roll-out of sustainability communication and initiatives
  • Adopt common activity policies among operating companies and locations and assist in coordinating compliance to achieve genuinely sustainable progression
  • Uphold responsible business practices, develop and implement plans to conduct Group operations more responsibly, identifying opportunities to improve
Offshore renewables
James Fisher rebrands its French subsidiary Mojo Maritime to James Fisher Renouvelables, supporting local investment and increasing local content.
Our environmental commitments and priorities

Find out how we aim to minimise the environmental impact of our operational footprint and the nature of the activities we undertake while actively investing in supporting the energy transition.

Pelican newsletter issues

The Pelican publication provides a regular update of the news and views from across the organisation, delving into the stories for further insight from the companies and teams themselves, to give you the inside scoop on our projects and activities.

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