During the upcoming Global Fleet Conference in Brussels, Belgium, 2013 International Fleet Safety Award winner and Nestlé Global Fleet Manager Andy Sacha will present a case study about how safety and driver behavior is in the driver’s seat at the multi-national food company.

For many in the fleet community the total cost of ownership (TCO) is the starting point for OEM negotiation. Not at Nestlé. In setting out the criteria to select OEM products, Nestlé lists safety features ahead of the TCO. Purchasing the safest vehicles is just the starting point. Once the vehicle is on the road, driver and fleet safety becomes a risk management exercise, according to the company.

The Nestlé Occupational Safety and Health Standard includes a section on Driving Safety, which has helped to ensure that fleet operations have become part of the firm’s health and safety DNA. At a local level, standards developed for Nestlé transport and logistics contractors and other vendors are audited after being risk assessed, and individual country stakeholders are encouraged to focus attention on fleet safety and risk management using the toolkit.
Sacha will outline this and other “glocal” approaches the company uses to increase the safety of its drivers during the June 16-18 Global Fleet Conference 2014.

The event, which follows on the heels of the inaugural Global Fleet Management Conference, which was held in October 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz., is again being produced by Nexus Communication, publisher of Fleet Europe, and Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet.

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