An agreement in the health and safety field was signed at Orange on 21 November 2014 by Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of the Group’s Human Resources, Philip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, William Coker, President of the UNI Orange Global Trade Union Alliance (which brings together all of the trade unions in the company that are members of UNI Global ) and representatives of the French trade unions affiliated with UNI.
PARIS, 26-11-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — This agreement concerns the nearly 160,000 Orange employees working worldwide in some 30 countries and builds on the fundamental rights agreement between the Group and UNI signed in 2006. Orange’s global footprint has expanded considerably since then, especially in Africa, where the Group operates in some 20 countries and where health and safety issues are of paramount importance.
With this agreement, Orange reaffirms its intention of making health and safety a core component of its Human Resources policy, based on its conviction that taking every step to ensure the good health of its employees is essential to the company’s social and economic performance. The Group’s ambition is to integrate health and safety in all of its operations, with the goal of being the leading employer in its segment.
This proactive, far-reaching agreement – a first in the telecommunications industry – is primarily based on:
- a participatory initiative by all players, including innovative social dialogue with the establishment of Health and Safety Committees or their equivalent that get the trade unions and/or representatives of the personnel of different countries involved
- the definition of a core, common, occupational health and safety, with special attention paid to health care coverage in the region of Africa where the Group is operator
- the deployment of an occupational health and safety management system in all of the Group’s companies as part of a continuous performance improvement approach
- the commitment to participate in public health campaigns, health protection programs and the fight against pandemics, particularly HIV/Aids
- a level of prevention and protection for its service providers and subcontractors that is consistent with the Group’s requirements
Implementation of this agreement will be tracked over time, in contact with the labour partners, reflecting the Group’s ambition of acting for the long term.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and 159,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2014, including 99,800 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 240 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2014, including 182 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.
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