Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is one of the strategic priorities included in Cellnex's ESG commitments. Through Health and Safety, Cellnex contributes to its sustainable development, respecting the health and safety of its employees in the workplace in a way that is consistent with the Company's mission, vision, values, objectives, and strategy.
Health and Safety creates a global preventive culture for the entire group, uniting the attitudes, beliefs and values reflected in the global Health and Safety Policy among all members of the organisation. In this regard, the Health and Safety Policy was updated in 2021, and is applicable to all Cellnex Group companies.
The global Health and Safety Policy proceeds in accordance with international reference standards and voluntary initiatives, among which are:
In addition, the provisions of the Management System and the requirements of the ISO standards for which the Company is certified are taken into consideration, as well as the applicable legislation on this matter in the various territories where Cellnex Group operates.
Moreover, in the implementation and provision of Cellnex services, aspects related to Occupational Risk Prevention, regulations and legislation on environmental protection and impact, regulations and legislation on possible effects on the health of people and workers are always considered. One of the objectives of the services and products that Cellnex markets is to guarantee the best practices and their evolution in customers, workers and society in general. All products and services are continually reviewed to improve the impact on the health and safety of both the workers dedicated to their installation and operation, and for the possible impact on citizens.
Cellnex Group is committed to promoting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and establishing its own objectives to contribute to the defined goals. As such, Cellnex contributes to the SDGs shown below with the regulations applicable to Health and Safety in the workplace.
Cellnex's Health and Safety Policy, establishes specific commitments grouped under nine lines of work:
To establish the principles and commitments set out in the Health and Safety Policy, Cellnex has drawn up the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Master Plan, which is applicable to all Cellnex companies. The Master Plan seeks to promote and protect the health and well-being of all Cellnex personnel, provide a safe and healthy working environment, and ensure the safety of employees and people present in its facilities.
To give impetus to the strategic area of Planning, evaluation and control, an OHS KPI dashboard was defined in 2021 which is in operation to establish, monitor and evalaute common objectives and goals. As such, the information gathered through this process will allow Cellnex Telecom's performance in Health and Safety at Work to be monitored, as well as providing indicators that will be used to prepare the Integrated Annual Report/Integrated Management Report.
The Global Health and Safety Department works together with other Cellnex corporate sections to define cross-cutting projects for the whole Company. As such, in 2021, for example, in 2021 it worked with Global People Department to produce the Well-Being Model. This Model seeks to define Cellnex as a benchmark company that is a great place to work for everyone. To this end, Cellnex strives to provide excellent working conditions and development opportunities, promoting the general health and well-being of its people. The Well-Being Model takes four dimensions into consideration:
In addition, following the results of the 2021 employee survey, a plan is being constructed to strengthen well-being at Cellnex with a GLOCAL approach, meaning that cross-cutting needs will be identified which may be relevant to all employees, in addition to the specific local need that will also be addressed. To this end, a small core team has been set up to gather feedback, identify areas for improvement and propose solutions.
Examples of initiatives launched in 2021 within the Well-Being Model include the following projects:
To drive forward the principles of the Global Occupational Health and Safety Policywhich aims, among other goals, to provide a safe and healthy working environment, Cellnex is working to obtain WELL Building Standard Certification during 2022 for its new Corporate Headquarters in Barcelona (Spain).
WELL certification is a dynamic scoring system for buildings and communities that identifies, measures and monitors the characteristics of built spaces that impact the health and well-being of occupants. It is the first certification focused exclusively on the health and comfort of users and is performance-based rather than prescriptive. The concepts and objectives addressed in this project are presented below.
Another project implemented in response to the commitments established in Cellnex Telecom's Health and Safety Policy is the development of a global Mobility Programme for the company, embracing Road Safety and Environmental Issues. The Programme aims to reduce the number of accidents caused by employee commutes, raise awareness about the traffic accident prevention and improve the mobility of employees, partners, suppliers and customers. As such, in 2022 this Programme will provide each Business Unit with tools to develop and implement a Mobility Plan adapted to their specific circumstances and to establish systems and methodologies that guarantee safe and sustainable mobility for all Cellnex employees and visitors.
In addition, to promote a culture of prevention and ensure that all Cellnex employees have the necessary tools and information on Health and Safety, as well as to guarantee a healthy working environment, in which all company personnel are aware of the health and safety measures in their workplace, Cellnex offers training in health and safety in the workplace. In this regard, in 2021, the total number of hours of training in occupational risk prevention and occupational safety was 9,076 (7,850 hours in 2020).
In 2021 Cellnex has defined and operates an Occupational Health and Safety Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashboard that makes it possible to continuously monitor and evaluate various indicators related to Occupational Health and Safety, such as the accident and absenteeism rate, in order to minimise risks and reduce incidents and accidents for its employees and partners, and also for anyone present at its facilities.
In this regard, in 2021 there were 5 accidents, 4 accidents in Cellnex Spain and 1 accident in Cellnex France (7 accidents in Cellnex Spain and 3 accidents in Cellnex Italy in 2020). In addition, there were no occupational illnesses in 2021, as in 2019 and 2020. The total number of absenteeism hours for the entire group in 2021 was 103,795 (102,230 hours in 2020).
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