Occupational H & S

 

We recognize that the pursuit of economic growth through employment creation and income generation should be accompanied by protection of the fundamental rights of workers. We believe that the workforce is a valuable asset, and a sound worker-management relationship is a key ingredient in the sustainability of a company. Failure to establish and foster a sound worker-management relationship can undermine worker commitment and retention, and can jeopardize a project. Conversely, through a constructive worker-management relationship, and by treating the workers fairly and providing them with safe and healthy working conditions, clients may create tangible benefits, such as enhancement of the efficiency and productivity of their operations.

 

We are highly guided by a number of international standards and instruments, including those of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations (UN).

 

Our objectives

  • To promote the fair treatment, nondiscrimination, and equal opportunity of workers

  • To establish, maintain, and improve the worker-management relationship

  • To promote compliance with national employment and labor laws

  • To protect workers, including vulnerable categories of workers such as children, migrant workers, workers engaged by third parties, and workers in the client’s supply chain

  • To promote safe and healthy working conditions, and the health of workers

  • To avoid the use of forced labor

 

We understand the importance to provide a safe and healthy work environment, taking into account inherent risks in its particular sector and specific classes of hazards in the our work areas, including physical, chemical, biological, and and specific threats to women. We take steps to prevent accidents, injury, and disease arising from, associated with, or occurring in the course of work by minimizing, as far as reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards.

 

In a manner consistent with good international industry practice, as reflected in various internationally recognized sources including the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines, we will address areas that include the (i) identification of potential hazards to workers, particularly those that may be life-threatening; (ii) provision of preventive and protective measures, including modification, substitution, or elimination of hazardous conditions or substances; (iii) training of workers; (iv) documentation and reporting of occupational accidents, diseases, and incidents; and (v) emergency prevention, preparedness, and response arrangements.

Community H & S

 

We recognize that project activities, equipment, and infrastructure can increase community exposure to risks and impacts. In addition, communities that are already subjected to impacts from climate change may also experience an acceleration and/or intensification of impacts due to project activities. While acknowledging the public authorities’ role in promoting the health, safety, and security of the public, it is indeed our responsibility to avoid or minimize the risks and impacts to community health, safety, and security that may arise from project related-activities, with particular attention to vulnerable groups

 

We will evaluate the risks and impacts to the health and safety of the Affected Communities during the project lifecycle and will establish preventive and control measures consistent with good international industry practice (GIIP), such as in the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines (EHS Guidelines) or other internationally recognized sources. We will identify risks and impacts and propose mitigation measures that are commensurate with the nature and magnitude. These measures will favor the avoidance of risks and impacts over minimization.

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