Embed everyday efficiency: 'Stop the Stops'

Case study

Our ‘Stop the Stops’ initiative is empowering our production teams to use their experience and expertise to create value​.

An efficiency culture led by employees 
We are seeing the benefits of having a culture of everyday efficiency embedded across the business. This includes our supply operations, where our ‘Stop the Stops’ initiative is empowering our production teams to use their experience and expertise to create value.

Part of our manufacturing excellence programme, ‘Stop the Stops’ is based on a simple insight: that no one understands production better than those working on it every day. Our operators know that unplanned stops to our lines mean the potential loss of value in the production of our brands, which can impact the quality and availability of our products. With their knowledge and expertise, our operators are the best people to identify and resolve unplanned stops. They are developing and delivering the equipment fixes we need to reach our goal of reducing unplanned stops to zero. At the same time, they are building their knowledge, enhancing product quality and improving their work environment.

As we further develop ‘Stop the Stops’, we are rolling it out worldwide. In Europe, where it is most mature, we are already seeing higher engagement levels with our people, fewer defects and a typical reduction of 30% in unplanned stops.