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EHS policy

Our vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services—because a healthy environment and the long-term success of our business, people, customers and communities matters. 

Eaton EHS management—continuous improvement for environment, health and safety

Eaton is committed to minimising the environmental impact of our operations and products wherever we do business and to continuously improve our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance. It is the responsibility of every employee to comply with this EHS policy.

To that end, Eaton applies a number of standard practices worldwide for energy and water consumption, waste generation, employee safety and more. We specifically direct our EHS efforts in the following areas:

EHS management system

Eaton is guided by MESH (Management of Environment, Safety, Security and Health), a globally deployed, unified system which consolidates existing programmes into one integrated management system. All Eaton facilities worldwide work toward consistent goals, applying the same metrics, setting targets for improvement and identifying and sharing best practices. Most importantly, MESH elevates EHS from a series of isolated activities to a responsibility shared by all Eaton employees. MESH is also designed to conform with international standards such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001.
 

Environmental sustainability

We are committed to minimising the emissions to air, water and land resulting from our operations. Eaton's Senior Leadership Council drives our sustainability strategy, optimises our resources and ensures that we focus on the environmental risks and opportunities that are most important to our customers, investors, communities and employees. We establish goals for reducing our environmental impact and measure, review and report our progress to the public.

Eaton supports collective actions that will lead to the worldwide reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to address the risks of climate change. Using guidelines established by the Global Reporting Initiative, we set annual targets for reducing our energy consumption and carbon emissions worldwide. Progress is audited by a third party and reported to the public. Learn more
 

Health, safety and security 

Working safely is a condition of employment at Eaton. Our goal is to provide a secure and safe work environment for all of our employees, contractors and visitors. Eaton is committed to meeting or exceeding all relevant regulatory and company requirements, in line with our policies on ethics and compliance. We work to create a "zero incident safety culture" and to continuously improve our health and safety performance through the implementation of MESH. Safety rules apply to all third parties performing activities at any Eaton location, including suppliers, contingent workers, contractors, vendors, visitors and all other non-Eaton employees. Learn more
 

Business integration

We integrate EHS into all phases of the Eaton Business System (EBS), which provides the foundation for a high-performance culture through an integrated operating system. EBS encompasses the core values, policies and processes used to conduct business and to continually measure, assess and improve performance. EHS excellence is integral to all of our business strategies and we consider stakeholder expectations in our decision-making process.  Learn more
 

Compliance

We are committed to meeting or exceeding all relevant regulatory and company requirements in line with Eaton's policies on ethics and compliance. We work to create a "zero incident mindset" and to continuously improve our performance through the implementation of MESH. 
 

Sustainable products

Our businesses are committed to creating innovative products and processes that help customers, suppliers and consumers improve their energy efficiency, reduce emissions and protect health and safety. We are committed to continuous improvement through various programmes, including Design for Environment (DfE) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), two scientific processes that both identify a product's environmental aspects and the potential impacts throughout its life cycle. Learn more
 

Stakeholders

Eaton is committed to stakeholder engagement as a key part of our sustainability efforts. Having regular and open dialogue with our employees, investors, customers, suppliers, governments, local communities and others allows us to gain a common understanding of issues that are important and to work together to achieve the highest possible levels of environmental and safety performance. Learn more
 

Supply chain

Eaton recognises the significance of the supply chain in our own sustainability performance, and strategically engages with suppliers on important issues such as managing emissions, improving safety, and increasing efficiency. Our governance processes further ensure that our suppliers are held to the same values regarding ethical behaviour, compliance, environmental responsibility and footprint reduction. Learn more
 

Transparency

Increasing the transparency of our EHS performance makes Eaton a stronger, more sustainable company. We are committed to measuring, reviewing and reporting our performance to the public in our Annual Report  and our Sustainability Report on the Eaton.com website, and by working with organisations that collect and disseminate EHS and other sustainability data to the public.
 

Community

We are committed to making power management products and solutions in safe workplaces that are environmentally responsible. We participate in—and contribute to—local and government initiatives around the world that improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. Learn more
 

Employees

We are committed to raising awareness, encouraging involvement and providing appropriate training and education for all employees regarding EHS issues, programmes and performance.
 

Emergency preparedness/contingency planning

Eaton's MESH programme provides processes to identify key EHS risks and impacts, develop operational controls, and prepare emergency response and contingency plans. Eaton facilities provide planning, equipment and training for on-site incidents, and our employees work with local community safety units to prepare for combined responses.
 

Governance

The Eaton Executive Vice President, EBS and Sustainability is responsible for implementing the EHS policy. The Governance Committee of the Eaton Board of Directors has oversight regarding significant public policy with respect to our relationships with shareholders, employees, customers, competitors, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. These issues include EHS concerns as outlined in the Eaton EHS policy.