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Healthy working lives

Our goals and ambitions for a healthy working life are based on UN Sustainable Development Goal #8

We will integrate a working environment and environmental system that addresses the physical and psychosocial working environment of all employees, and their well-being. We make the same requirements of our suppliers as we make of ourselves.

Within the priority Healthy Working Lives, we focus on 4 subareas:

 

1. Migrant employees

We wish to ensure a sustainable workforce comprising local employees supplemented with external employees. Our aim is to be an attractive workplace that safeguards good recruitment as well as good working and housing conditions for external employees.

From China to Greenland

From China to Greenland

The Chinese couple Li Shumei and Chen Qinliang are highly valued employees in Royal Greenland’s plant in Maniitsoq, Greenland. They arrived in May 2017 with the first group of foreign workers recruited to lift production capacity in Greenland.

Meet Li and Chen here

Initiatives
Compile a policy for the recruitment of external employees and investigate opportunities to optimise housing conditions for employees working under short-term contracts.

2. Physical and psychosocial working environment

It is our responsibility that all our employees are offered a safe and healthy working environment. It is also our responsibility to care for the natural environment around us.

Safety at sea onboard the trawlers

Safety at sea onboard the trawlers

Onboard Royal Greenland’s ocean-going trawlers, safety exercises are conducted between each crew shift.

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Initiatives
We are building up a working environment and environmental management system that should work across the organization and be matched to legislation and customer requirements.

3. Adjustment of the labour supply

Around one third of the employees at our factories in Greenland are women, and we wish to increase this number. We want to be a workplace that to a greater extent is adapted to the circumstances of various employee groups. 

New manager on the way

New manager on the way

Aaneeraq Josefsen started working for Royal Greenland in 2016, as a quality assistant at the factory in Maniitsoq, and since then her career has developed rapidly. But it has not always been smooth sailing.

Meet Aaneeraq here

Initiatives
We are investigating the reasons for the low percentage of female employees at specific factories and aim at creating jobs for technically trained women and for employees requiring flex-time. Furthermore, we seek to adjust to working environment to physically accommodate more employee groups.

4. Working conditions and environment in the supply chain

It is our responsibility that our suppliers are focused on employee welfare, the working environment and emissions to the surrounding environment. We require suppliers based in high risk countries to be SMETA-audited by a third party and we will ensure that the factories meet recognised ILO conventions and human rights.

Supplier management system

Supplier management system

The ethical supplier management system will ensure that suppliers are aware of and comply with internationally recognised human rights and labour rights, take environmental protection initiatives and implement anti-corruption mechanisms in their business operations.

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Initiatives
We communicate requirements to suppliers and cooperate with selected suppliers on preparations for a SMETA audit according to SMETA standards.

For an extensive version of our activities for Healthy Working Lives, please visit our global website here.

See also

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