European Road Safety Charter

Novartis International

What are you doing/aiming to do for road safety? 

Driving is one of the most hazardous activities we all do virtually every day, both at work and in our personal lives. While we still need to deliver goods and services to our customers, we must ensure that we protect ourselves, other associates and members of the public while we drive.

Around 25% of our employees are salespeople who drive frequently during business activities. Therefore, driving and fleet safety is a top priority for us.
Novartis Safe Driving Culture, a new global Novartis guidance note, was issued at the beginning of 2008, addressing the behaviour we are expecting our drivers to adopt, including: vehicle requirements, minimum driver requirements, behavioural standards for driving, driving training standards, review of individual driving performance, accident reporting, performance measurement, and recognition and rewards.


By the end of 2010, we want to contribute to the elimination of road fatalities by reducing the number of vehicle accidents in which our employees worldwide suffer an injury resulting in lost working days by 50% (baseline 2007).

We want to carry out the following actions in relation to our employees driving during business activities (in Europe, approximately 11,000):

  • Review and reinforce the Novartis Safe Driving Culture through local management, e.g. by including a driver safety topic on each management meeting agenda.
  • Implement comprehensive systems and processes dealing with safe driving, containing the key elements of our Safe Driving Culture. Also, ensure the existence of a robust Safety Reporting System with the involvement of direct supervisors in the accident analysis process.
  • Communicate information on road safety regularly and efficiently to make worldwide employees knowledgeable of their responsibilities in respect of the Novartis road safety culture.
  • Increase employees’ good driving behaviours by offering both theory and practice driving training sessions.
  • Ensure that self-assessment of safe driving (i.e. safety observation checks) forms part of the responsibilities and tasks for the fleet force, driven by the management.

Commitment time: 1.1.2008 - 31.12.2010

Brussels, 12 November 2008

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