Respecting fundamental human rights is an essential element of our vision. We recognize the diversity of the countries in which we operate and of our customers, suppliers, and employees and each is valued as a strategic asset.
In order to ensure ethical and responsible business management, the Group’s companies, with a similar process to that used for the Health, Safety, and the Environment assessments, are committed to a voluntary Social Responsibility certification in accordance with the SA8000 management system.
For each Group certified sister company, we appoint an SA8000 workers’ representative and a Social Performance Team responsible for monitoring and maintaining the SA8000 Management System.
In order to listen and give voice to our internal and external stakeholders we have therefore created a channel to send/receive reports, as a direct way of receiving complaints and suggestions to improve daily working life. These channels are managed through applying thorough analysis and transparency.
The Social Performance Team, responsible for monitoring and maintaining the SA8000 Management System, conducts a periodic written Risk Assessment to identify and prioritize areas of current or potential non-compliance with the standard and ensure that corrective and preventative actions are effectively implemented. The risk assessment is conducted on the basis of the Enterprise Risk Management Group methodology.
The target of this Risk Assessment is to evaluate the probability of a negative event happening, and the severity of the negative impact on occurrence. Involving the Social Performance Team in this systematic process, the Group’s companies are able to foster worker-manager collaboration around a proactive process that leads to practical and sustainable workplace improvements.
On site, Construction Management plays a lead role in increasing awareness and monitoring of human rights. All site personnel receive Social Responsibility training, both in a traditional classroom setting and through e-learning video clips.
A central aspect of our vision is to listen and give voice to the various Group internal and external stakeholders. We have therefore created a channel for all our stakeholders to send/receive reports, as a direct way of receiving complaints and suggestions to improve daily working life. These channels differ depending on the type of stakeholder involved are all managed through applying thorough analysis and transparency. In particular, alongside dedicated SA8000 Management Team and Worker Representative mailboxes, the Group has developed more structured ways to access the channels and ensure the anonymity of the complainant, as per the previously mentioned complaint mechanism. A special section of the corporate website allows both internal and external stakeholders to report alleged breaches of company policies and/or of SA8000 standard requirements.
The Company has invested significantly in internal communication and human rights training in order to educate and engage all employees in this regard.
The total number of hours in the reporting period regarding training on human rights policies or procedures concerning the human rights aspects of operations were as follow: 4,668 hours in the year 2017, 5,815 hours performed in the year 2018 and 4,077 hours in the year 2019.
The percentage of employees trained during the reporting period on human rights policies and procedures concerning human rights aspects out of the total number of employees was 35% in 2019 compared to 41% of the previous year.
The commitment to human rights training involves in addition to employees, also sub-contractors. 100% of sub-contractor workers receive human rights issue training.
In order to translate the above Maire Tecnimont's Group Vision, a specific policy has been published in the first quarter of 2020.