The efficacy of the safety policy and the continuous improvement of the Group in the area of health and safety at work require the involvement of all levels of management, as well as the support and contribution of all employees, contractors and other stakeholders. According to its Code of Ethics, EDPR undertakes to give priority to employees’ safety, health and social welfare and to ensure the development of appropriate occupational health and safety management systems.
Occupational Health and Safety Policy
At EDPR, it is a top priority to guarantee the health, safety and well-being of employees and contractors. This commitment is supported by our Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
Health & Safety Management Systems
To achieve our zero accidents goal, EDPR has implemented health and safety management systems based on the OHSAS 18001:2007 specifications. The standards and procedures of these systems are adapted to the specific geography of the sites where they are used, and are developed based on each country’s regulations and industry best practices. EDPR takes a data-driven approach in order to identify and react to leading causes of injury. The implementation of these systems allows for better management and prevention of future accidents, with the objective of zero accidents overall.
Calculation based on 2017 Installed Capacity
# of accidents with absence/hours worked * 1,000,000
# of working days lost/hours worked * 1,000,000
EDPR respects and undertakes to promote fair labor practices within the company as well as in its entire supply chain.
This practice is reflected in the Code of Ethics, which contains specific clauses regarding non-discrimination and equal opportunities, in line with the company’s culture of diversity and respect for human and labor rights. EDPR also undertakes to respect employees and fulfil their right to dignified working conditions, to respect freedom of trade union association and recognize the right to collective bargaining and to ensure that its labor policies and procedures prevent unjustified discrimination or different forms of treatment.
The company is strongly committed to the dissemination and promotion of compliance with the Code available to all employees through training, questionnaires and open discussions of the findings. EDPR’s suppliers should also be aligned with the spirit of the Code of Ethics and this is reflected in the company’s procurement policies.
A Code of Ethics channel is available for the communication of any breach of the Code related to matters of labor, including those in the context of the supply chain. The Ethics Ombudsman plays an essential role in the ethics process by guaranteeing impartiality and objectivity in the documentation of all ethical-related complaint. A preliminary report is submitted to the Ethics Committee that analyses the particular situation and decides how to proceed.
By ensuring fair labor practices and providing good working conditions and quality jobs that stimulate the economy, EDPR contributes to the United Nations’ SDG 8: promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. EDPR is also committed to the United Nations’ SDG 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This reflects the company’s belief that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a crucial element of a prosperous and sustainable world.
As a whole, EDPR promotes the values of integrity, responsibility and transparency throughout its value chain and in the society.
The Principles of Sustainable Development of EDPR affirm the commitments to integrate the social aspects in planning and decision-making, to respect and promote respect for human rights and to reject abusive and discriminatory practices.
Thus, EDPR has in place a Code of Ethics for appropriate disclosure, transparency and impartiality. The Code is not an isolated feature – it belongs to an Ethics Management System that includes functional units, specific regulations, monitoring and accountability for our ethical performance, along with training, awareness-raising and capacity building for employees, service providers and suppliers.
According to its Code of Ethics, EDPR respects and undertakes to promote human rights along its value chain and particularly in the supply chain due to its significance to the business. This means that EDPR requires its suppliers and service providers to comply with their ethical standards. In this way, the acceptance of alignment with the spirit of EDPR’s Code of Ethics and the UN Global Compact principles is required. Furthermore, the Sustainable Procurement Policy references the promotion of respect for dignity and human rights, and the rejection of any form of forced labor or child labor, harassment, discrimination, abuse or other types of physical or psychological violence.
A Code of Ethics channel is available for the communication of any breach of the Code related to the matters of human rights, including those that may occur in the supply chain. The Ethics Ombudsman receives complaints of an ethical nature, investigates and documents the procedure for each of them. A preliminary report is then submitted to the Ethics Committee, whose main goal is to ensure compliance with the Code of Ethics within EDPR.
Additionally, EDP Group assumes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the conventions, treaties or international initiatives, such as the conventions of the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Global Compact and the guiding principles for business and human rights endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council – the Ruggie Framework.
EDPR is governed by a strong sense of ethics, whose principles are embodied in the day-to-day activities of its employees.