Our first priority as a company is the safety, health and well-being of our associates around the world.
We're always looking for ways to make PepsiCo a great place to work. One way is by offering associates a comprehensive benefits package-benefits that meet or exceed the standards of the competitive marketplaces in which our associates work around the world.
In the U.S., we offer a full range of health care, savings and retirement benefits. Same-sex domestic partners who meet certain eligibility requirements may be covered under PepsiCo benefits, and eligible part-time associates receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.
Outside the U.S., benefits are provided through a combination of company-sponsored programs and state programs funded by payroll or other taxes. PepsiCo has adopted global standards designed to make sure all associates receive at least basic medical, disability, and life insurance and retirement benefits, regardless of location.
Our global wellness strategy is designed to get associates and their families involved in developing and maintaining healthy behaviors to improve their overall quality of life. In 2012, we launched a global wellness center of excellence to establish global principles and identify appropriate programs.
Our Healthy Living program encourages associates and their families to focus on healthy lifestyles at home, at work and at play. It includes preventive screenings and rewards for participating in personal health assessments and for completing health improvement programs. This program combines personalized coaching, fitness and nutrition programs, online tools and resources, incentives, educational messaging, worksite wellness initiatives and health benefit coverage to promote healthier lifestyles.
To support employee wellness, we offer on-site health and wellness services in many countries around the world, including China, India, Mexico, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S. These initiatives, which vary by location, include routine medical care at work sites; education programs on health, nutrition and exercise; programs on smoking cessation; on-site fitness centers; and organized programs to encourage exercise.
Wellness at Work
Because emotional well-being is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, we offer stress management and coping skills in 20 countries. In the U.S. and Canada, we offer one-on-one coaching sessions via telephone. We also provide incentives of $50 for completing the online wellness program and up to $100 for completing the phone-based wellness coaching program in the U.S. Additionally, in Canada, Mexico, the U.S., and many countries across Europe, an Employee Assistance Program provides free confidential counseling to help employees address a range of personal issues. PepsiCo also works with a variety of organizations to improve workplace wellness.
This financial education program provides tools and resources to improve the financial fitness of PepsiCo's U.S. associates. It helps associates build personal financial plans, cut debt, save for retirement and much more.
Occupational Health & Safety
To support and sustain a culture of safety within PepsiCo, with the aspiration of an incident-free workplace, we established the PepsiCo Global Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (GEHSMS), which conforms to ISO 14001 and sets global standards for risk areas across our business. Third-party audits of GEHSMS implementation will begin in 2014; all manufacturing sites will be audited by the end of 2016.
OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001
Fifty-five of our company-owned plants are independently certified to the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001, a British standard for occupational health and safety management systems. That's 41 more than in 2011. In addition, 33 facilities in the United States are part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), which promote effective worksite-based safety and health.
Lost Time and Injuries
We aim to achieve world-class health and safety performance. The total Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) across PepsiCo for employees and contractors was 1.17 per 200,000 hours worked in 2012, a decrease of 35 percent compared to 2011. Our 2012 data has been verified by Bureau Veritas.