Aksa Energy sees its employees as its most valuable asset and formulates its corporate polices with that perspective. The Company takes steps to provide better employee working conditions and to develop its workforce. Aksa Energy’s goal is to become the most preferred employer in the energy industry.
The Company is aware that managing and developing employees in the most effective manner ensures sustainable success and creates value. Aksa Energy provides a working environment where all health and safety measures are taken. The Company also administers regular OHS training to its employees. The Company is firmly committed to taking all necessary precautions to ensure a healthy and safe working environment for its workforce.
Aksa Energy aims to retain development-oriented, productive and highly motivated employees. Understanding that reaching long-term corporate goals requires staff support, the Company continuously invests in its human capital. Aksa Energy always strives to foster and sustain a work environment based on respect for diversity, differences, and universally accepted human rights.
As of end-2019, Aksa Energy employed 907 personnel; of whom, 81% are blue collar and 19% are white collar. 6% of employees are located at headquarters, with the remaining 94% at the power plants in various geographic regions. As a global company, Aksa Energy operates in different regions of the world and believes that the resulting workforce diversity strengthens its organizational structure. Aksa Energy has 418 employees in Turkey, 83 in the TRNC, 191 in Ghana, 76 in Mali and 139 in Madagascar. Company employs 60% of its 406 employees in the African countries from the local communities. At all the domestic and overseas power plants, utmost care is taken to recruit local residents in order to contribute to the development of local communities.
Aksa Energy recruits its current and potential human capital via talent management efforts. Career paths are created on a common ground that benefits both employees and the Company, enabling staff members to improve their skills and help the Company achieve its corporate goals.
Aksa Energy places special importance on the personal and professional development of its employees. The Company supports its staff with training programs organized at regular intervals.
In 2019, Aksa Energy provided its employees with 21,205 man x hours of OHS, technical and occupational trainings as well as 416 man x hours of training under Aksa Academy, the internal training platform of Kazancı Holding.
RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Aksa Energy is committed to respecting the universally recognized human rights of its employees and business partners while conducting all its business activities. The Ethics Committee is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Aksa Energy Human Rights Policy. Issued in 2016, the Policy details the Company’s commitment to uphold basic human rights. The Policy is published on the corporate website in all languages of the countries where Aksa Energy operates.
HEALTHY AND SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is a top priority at Aksa Energy. The Company aims to provide an environment that ensures all necessary measures are taken for its entire employees and business partners in accordance with its “zero accident” target.
In 2019, Aksa Energy maintained efforts to enhance the health and safety conditions of its employees at domestic and overseas power plants and reduce work accidents and occupational diseases. At year’s end, the Company’s accident frequency rate declined by 48% compared to the previous year.
The Company fully complies with OHS laws, rules and regulations. It also goes beyond its legal obligations and implements the latest OHS practices and international standards. Aksa Energy is committed to implementing OHS measures at all its facilities throughout Turkey, its subcontractors’ facilities, and all related organizations.
As with all strategic issues within the Company, all OHS hazards and risks are identified, assessed, and classified by analyzing the issue from a risk perspective. Through such an approach, comprehensive measures are taken to reduce risks to a minimum. The OHSAS 18001 notification directive is implemented in recording all data on employee health and safety; the data collected is compared with statistics from Turkey and Europe to conduct assessment and development activities.
Assessment and improvement activities related to OHS are carried out by the OHS Committee at Aksa Energy. The Chairman of the OHS Committee reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Accident Frequency Rate
In 2019, the Company recorded 4 work accidents with minor injuries (injuries requiring outpatient care or first aid only) and 1 accident with severe injuries at its domestic power plants while 3 accidents with minor injuries occurred at the overseas power plants. The Company completed 2019 with no fatal work accidents.
In 2019, there are 7 lawsuits raised against the Company regarding liability for work accidents; 1 lawsuit filed in 2018 for fatal work accident is still ongoing.
In addition in 2019, the Company carried out a total of 3,413,675 man x hours of work and administered a total of 20,229 man x hours of OHS training in its domestic and overseas power plants.