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Firm uses concept of emotional ownership to change workplace safety culture

Raintree Solutions CEO Richard Lawton interviewed by Mining Weekly.

Raintree Safety, a subsidiary of Raintree Solutions, a deliverer of change to companies and communities, says it is critically important to bring about change in South Africa’s mining industry by targeting a mining house’s safety culture to foster open communication, the development of trust and working together to achieve common goals.

Raintree Safety can achieve this by using a people-focused approach in safety culture transformation, through the concept of emotional ownership. Emotional ownership aims to achieve individual and collective ownership of safety to change the overall safety culture in a workplace, despite the cultural differences among the workers, who often regard safety and communication issues differently.

Raintree Safety bolsters emotional ownership of safety and environmental change using theatre, psychologically based workshops, specialised video, supervisor training and interpersonal skills training. The emotional ownership of safety can be used in conjunction with the safety training or safety systems already in place at the workplace to further enhance the safety culture.

Raintree Solutions group CEO Richard Lawton tells Mining Weekly that South Africans struggle with problems that stem from their many different cultural understandings and beliefs that tend to influence their approach and understanding of safety. “It is important that South African mining houses create a space in which different people can connect to foster mutual ownership.”

As a result of different cultures, divergent interpretations regarding safety and communication issues, the Raintree approach is increasingly regarded as an essential and a frequently recommended process for projects worldwide, he says.

Lawton says the Raintree approach has been implemented at clients such as global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management services company Fluor, global engineering and con- struction company and power equipment supplier Foster Wheeler, energy infrastructure project designer, engineer and manufacturer CB & I Lummus, petrochemicals company Sasol, international energy group Shell and mining major BHP Billiton.

The company has clients in the mining, manufacturing, oil, energy and banking industries internationally and has now worked successfully with thousands of people from 18 cultures and languages from 14 countries around the world and has worked on many multicontractor, multicultural megaprojects internationally, including mining major BHP Billiton’s Mozal aluminium smelter project, in Mozambique; Sasol’s growth projects and Turbo project, in South Africa, which entailed the uprating of an existing polyethylene plant and establishing a polypropylene plant; and petroleum company Shell’s [MASSIVE] Houdini ethylene cracker complex project, in Southeast Asia and Singapore.

Other companies which Raintree Solutions has worked with include vehicle manufacturers BMW, VW and Nissan, as well as global miner Rio Tinto.

The benefits to customers who adopt the Raintree approach of emotional ownership to safety include improved safety and communication, stronger work team relations, and collateral benefits to productivity and quality. Lawton says the Raintree results directly impact on a company’s bottom line, as every accident or stoppage prevented – besides avoiding the disruption, considerable financial and reputational costs – represents the additional value of improved site cultures, which can influence quality and productivity.

Further, safety is also a management tool because safety is a topic that will not be met by resistance from employees and it also has the most potential for improved dialogue, explains Lawton. Safety is a management tool that management can use to establish good rapport with workers, which, in turn, encourages dialogue and can assist in diffusing the situations that currently exist in the mining industry such as wildcat strikes.

Lawton stresses that mining houses have to provide solutions that are specific to the current problems. He emphasises that the mining houses, with the help of Raintree, need to approach the problem mine by mine and do this collectively to find solutions for the entire mining industry.

 

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Raintree Solutions’ Partnership with One Young World

Raintree Solutions has been a One Young World delegate sponsor for a number of years.

One Young World enables active young leaders from the whole world to meet and share ideas and support each others ideas.

Raintree Solutions is a global Change Company and the young will face the future and be the deliverers of change.
The Raintree contribution involves the Environment, which involves us all and this group and the Eco-breakaway we have sponsored is the beginning of something that will spread globally
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Raintree mounts One Young World Environment Breakaway

Raintree mounted the breakaway at the Johannesburg zoo for One Young World delegates, where three powerful presentations were given to delegates from over twenty countries including Australia, England, France, Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, India, Kenya, Cameroon, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, UAE, Dubai, UK and USA 

Whilst the focus was on the war against rhino and other poaching , the theme was ‘how it affects everyone’, through the direct connections between all life in the web of life and also the connection to and involvement of criminals who are linked to drugs, terrorism, child trafficking and smuggling throughput the world.

The delegates were all encouraged to find a project or issue in their home country and to embark on it or join and to keep Raintree in the loop as we link all the participants globally.

 

Raintree Partners with One Young World Delegates at Environmental Breakaway

Raintree Partners with One Young World Delegates at Environmental Breakaway

 

Raintree Partners and Environmental Breakaway Presenters

Raintree Partners and Environmental Breakaway Presenters

 

Raintree Presenter Nadav Ossendrywer at One Young World Breakaway

Raintree Presenter Nadav Ossendrywer at One Young World Breakaway

 

Raintree Partners Richard Lawton and Ré  Storm with Environment Breakaway Presenters

Raintree Partners Richard Lawton and Ré Storm with Environment Breakaway Presenters

Ré Storm and Richard Lawton cofounders of Raintree with One Young World delegate
Ré Storm and Richard Lawton cofounders of Raintree with One Young World delegate

 

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Raintree co-sponsors Prof Mohammad Yunus talk at GIBS business school

With GIBS and First National Bank, Raintree Solutions cofunded a special Yunus workshop during One Young World in Johannesburg. 

As a Nobel Laureate but more because of the pioneering work in microlending to the poor and spreading the ‘gospel’ of Social Enterprise Raintree felt it was crucial for business people to have a chance to hear him on his visit. 

The cosponsors enabled a group of Bangladeshi youth to attend the South African One Young World week.

By sponsoring delegates Raintree has been associated with One Young World for three years and is an enthusiastic supporter of the aims and activities.

GIBS Workshop Audience Arriving

GIBS Workshop Audience Arriving

 

One Young World Delegates in Johannesburg

One Young World Delegates in Johannesburg

 

Prof Mohammad Yunus Presenting a Workshop

Prof Mohammad Yunus Presenting a Workshop

 

 

Prof Mohammad Yunus and Raintree CEO Richard Lawton with GIBS Team

Prof Mohammad Yunus and Raintree CEO Richard Lawton with GIBS Team

 

Prof Mohammad Yunus Presenting at GIBS

Prof Mohammad Yunus Presenting at GIBS

 

Raintree Richard Lawton and Prof Mohammad Yunus at the GIBS Workshop

Raintree Richard Lawton and Prof Mohammad Yunus at the GIBS Workshop

 

Co-Sponsor Raintree Solutions' CEO Richard Lawton with Prof Mohammad Yunus at One Young World

Co-Sponsor Raintree Solutions’ CEO Richard Lawton with Prof Mohammad Yunus at One Young World

 

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Sasol Shutdown

Having helped deliver a number of safe shutdowns in South Africa and South East Asia, Raintree was once again engaged by Sasol to help with safety during their current shutdown at their Secunda operation, their biggest ever. 

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Shell V-Power Nitro+

Raintree has also just launched Shell V-Power Nitro+ with a traveling roadshow, 15 years after Raintree launched the original Shell V-Power into South Africa!

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Shell Road Transport Safety

Once again SHELL contracted Raintree, this time in South Africa, to deliver a nationwide, Driver Safety process. The unique Raintree approach has begun to deliver the kind of openness and participation in the Driver Safety space that has been the distinctive stamp of Raintree. This theatre and workshop process was backed up by an extensive 12 part dramatized video series (of the kind for which the Raintree Group has received recognition in the USA, Europe and RSA).

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Raintree sponsors Student to attend One Young World Summit – Pittsburgh, USA

Tribute Mboweni.

Tribute Mboweni

We welcome Tribute Mboweni as our One Young World delegatefor 2012. After successfully sponsoring Clara Gwatirera last year, and following up with help to her visionary ‘Books for Schools’ programme, we have now chosen another wonderful South African for this year – Tribute Mboweni. Continue reading

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One Young World Literacy Follow-up

Ré Storm, Raintree Director with Clara Gwatirera & Kids from Eastridge Christian School

Ré Storm, Raintree Director with Clara Gwatirera & Kids from Eastridge Christian School

Following up on Raintree’s support for Clara Gwatirera, our Raintree delegate to One Young World in Zurich 2011, Raintree Director Ré Storm delivered books to a school in need in Johannesburg, which was being helped by Clara’s work through her Angels Network Project. This involves donating & distributing books to children in need, and she in turn needs all the support she can get.

 

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Raintree sponsors writer/illustrator to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC)

Pursuing the Company commitment to local and global dialogue, Raintree followed its sponsorship of the Singapore writers and poets to Cape Town, by financing the participation of South African children’s book writer and illustrator, Marjorie van Heerden, in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in May 2012. Continue reading

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