Targets and Future Measures Relating to our Employees
Health of our employees
At Group level, a quantitative target had been set for measurements of particulate matter that was to be rolled out to at least 95% of all Wienerberger ceramic production sites by 2020. This target was already achieved in 2013. The next step concerns the reduction of respirable crystalline silica in our ceramic plants. This process is to be supported though a targeted exchange of information within the framework of working groups set up at Group level and including representatives from all business units. Potential core indicators and Group-wide initiatives are evaluated annually, as is the relevance of respirable crystalline silica at Semmelrock.
Clay Building Materials Europe (CBME) reached the target of a 95% measurement rate in all ceramic plants, originally set for 2020, in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, CBME will develop a strategy for the reduction of respirable crystalline silica, which will serve as a basis for the definition of a quantitative reduction target. The exchange of information with the other business units and the annual evaluation of core issues and initiatives will support the process at Group level.
General Shale pursues the quantitative target of reducing the number of employees potentially exposed to respirable crystalline silica by 10% by 2017. Annual measurements are performed and protective measures are taken for potentially exposed employees. Programs already introduced are being continued and standards for reduction measures developed. Other quantitative targets pursued by General Shale are to reduce the number of employees who smoke by 10% annually through support programs and to increase employee participation in health programs by 10% every year. In addition, all full-time employees of General Shale are to be covered by health insurance.
Semmelrock will continue its health-promoting measures within the framework of Safety@Semmelrock.
Steinzeug-Keramo will participate in the subject-specific working groups organized centrally for an exchange of experience and evaluate potential core issues once a year. In 2016, Steinzeug-Keramo will define further quantitative targets for the reduction of respirable crystalline silica.
The quantitative targets and future measures described were defined by the Managing Board of Wienerberger AG and the business unit CEOs. The decisions were taken on the basis of the materiality matrix developed in 2014 for the individual business units and at Group level. The measures foreseen are part of the Wienerberger Sustainability Roadmap 2020.