Linfox uses Australian vision for Asian growth

As it looks to make significant capital investments throughout Australia, Linfox Logistics is also growing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, where it currently maintains 24,000 employees across 12 countries.

As Asia-Pacific’s largest privately owned logistics company, Linfox, according to Andrew Johnstone Operations Director, Linfox Thailand, where it has created a Vision ZERO safety programme, has a goal of achieving zero fatalities, injuries, motor vehicle incidents, net environmental emissions and zero tolerance of unsafe behavior and practices.

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) has been reduced by more than 90 per cent since the programme was launched. Johnstone, who oversees a team of 2,500, said the fundamentals of doing business from a leadership perspective remain the same.

“Whilst working at both Linfox Australia and Linfox Thailand, I’ve really seen the depth and breadth of how Linfox does business,” said Johnstone.

“It’s about investing in great leaders, investing in partnerships, and bringing our vision to life to connect with our customers.”

As Thailand has one of the highest incident rates for traffic accidents in the world, Johnstone said it was pleasing to see a year-on-year reduction in the number of incidents.

“My hope is that all of our people will do the right thing when no one’s watching,” said Johnstone. “I want to ingrain the values and the principles of the organisation in our team so they truly understand the responsibility that they have to act safely, not only for Linfox but for themselves and their families.

To further improve a culture of safety and compliance Linfox Thailand has created a robust fatigue management policy which includes the monitoring of vehicles and driver hours, and working with customers and local authorities to maintain the best safety practices.

The same family values instilled in the business when Lindsay Fox first established it in 1956 remain touchstones for leadership today in Australia and Asia said Johnstone.

“Today, we’re investing in developing our leaders’ cross-functional capabilities so that they have transferable skills and can move from one role to another.”

“This is because we don’t want to employ someone to just fill a vacant position, we are always thinking two or three positions ahead so that the employee has the opportunity to grow and develop. We want to build capability within our brand and become an employer of choice.”

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