This excerpt taken from the NVS 6-K filed Feb 14, 2007.
Performance of operating units against key HSE indicators is monitored on a monthly basis at Novartis. Last year, a tailor-made HSE Data Management System was developed and introduced worldwide to facilitate data collection, in line with more stringent reporting standards. This new system for monitoring HSE performance provides all management levels throughout the Group with information needed to take early action if deviations against targets occur.
Novartis sets HSE targets covering periods of at least three years to allow better analysis, planning and implementation of programs. Progress towards targets is reviewed annually with each division and business unit, that are also involved in target setting based on recommendations by functional experts. (See table below for 2007 targets.)