The aim of the Group’s human resources policy is to provide each employee with a working environment that is safe and hygienic and that fosters personal and professional fulfillment and growth, as these are fundamental aspects of well-being and performance in the workplace.
The health and safety of its employees and exemplary management are deeply embedded in Saint-Gobain’s CSR and HR policies. The Group’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy, as expressed in a letter of commitment from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to all employees, sets out Saint-Gobain’s objectives and priorities concerning the environment, industrial hygiene and workplace health and safety. The goals include zero loss-time accidents and zero occupational illness. Saint-Gobain has drawn up standards and recommendations with regard to specific EHS concerns. The standards are mandatory and apply to all Group sites, even if the country or local legislation is less stringent. All sites in India monitor and report accidents (loss-time and non-loss-time), first aid cases and near misses as also continuously identify and reduce risks and offer themselves for periodic audits. The Health and Safety policies apply to everyone (employees, service providers, participants of onsite social initiatives viz. student interns, apprentices, employees and visitors) at all of the Group’s sites.
The Group launched a new Health Policy in 2013. Currently, this is being implemented in India.
Globally, diversity is an important HR priority. The Group is keen to extend support to initiatives for differently-abled people as a part of their CSR agenda. For all of the Group’s businesses in India increasing diversity (gender, age, regional, economic and cultural background, people with different abilities etc.) in the workforce is a challenge, an opportunity and is a major objective.