At Marel, our objective is to develop food processing solutions to help feed the needs of a growing world more safely and efficiently while minimizing the environmental impact. To meet these objectives, we need to act responsibly towards society, our employees, our customers and their social environment. Making Social Responsibility a priority of our corporate culture means we are dedicated to providing a safe and healthy working environment with equal opportunities for all of our employees. We feel it is important to foster individual and team development and to ensure the right of freedom of association for all of our employees.
We believe this will not only help our employees maintain a creative and stimulating work environment but also foster innovation and employee satisfaction that will benefit our company in the long run.
In order to deal with seasonal fluctuations in order processing and other variances in project load Marel employs a number of temporary workers. In 2017 the ratio for full time temporary workers was 16.2% of the total workforce.
Providing a safe and healthy working environment for all our employees and contractors working in Marel facilities is the right thing to do and we take pride in doing it well. Safety, health and the environment concern everybody and we do our utmost to make sure our employees have the necessary competence, tools and instructions to perform their work professionally and safely.
Every Marel employee is also accountable for his or her own safety. Local management of all Marel entities are responsible for assuring that processes and procedures are established within their entity that comply with Marel’s safety, health and environment policy and local laws.
A Marel Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Support Team monitors compliance with the Marel SHE Policy and facilitates the process for improvement.
We are committed to respecting all employees’ freedom of association and right to collective bargaining without discrimination, as established in the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (C. 87), and the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention (C.98). We ensure that these rights can be exercised by all our employees and those of our business partners directly associated with Marel’s services, products and operations.
Our main involvement in local communities occurs through our operations in the countries where we work. We focus mainly on educational outreach in collaboration with local educational institutions and through continuing education of our own employees. Many of our production facilities have internship and trainee programs to assist talented young professionals entering the workforce in developing their skills in a professional and safe environment.
Another aspect of engaging with local communities is our commitment to fast-track economic development in underdeveloped countries. By introducing new food processing technologies to these locales, we have immediate and radical effects on production capabilities, worker safety and food traceability. One of the main growth sectors for us is the creation of shared value through partnerships in new markets. We intend to deliver market-altering solutions that increase both general well-being and economic progress in all the markets where we operate.