IS NOT SOMETHING WE
CAN ACHIEVE ALONE
Meerkats are uniquely adapted to the harsh desert environments they generally inhabit—the dark patches around their eyes reduce the glare of the sun while their colouration helps camouflage them from predators. But more than these adaptations, it is their ability to work together and to communicate that enables them not just to survive, but also to thrive.
They live in tightly-knit groups or mobs, with all members of the mob participating in gathering food and taking care of the young.
In addition, while meerkats are foraging—they do this by digging in sand which prevents them from visually scanning their surrounding for predators— ‘sentinels’ contribute to the general safety of the mob by keeping a lookout for danger.
These high levels of social cohesion are enhanced by meerkats’ ability to produce six different sentinel calls which warn those foraging about approaching predators like martial eagles, jackals and caracals. A particular call warns of a specific type of danger.
Similarly, our overall approach to safety, encapsulated in our 2018 ‘Own Safety, Share Safety’ theme, is based on the power of teamwork in creating a safe work environment. We expect all our people to participate in our concerted safety drive and will not accept the status quo. This means raising the alarm when identifying a barrier to safety so that we can remove it. It means making our colleagues aware of unsafe behaviour and helping them understand how they need to change.
Ultimately, it means being on the lookout for the unexpected, having the courage to speak up and taking action in order to flourish and thrive, certain in the knowledge that all our people go home safely to their families at the end of every working day.