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.
The Company uses ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems to manage its human resources more effectively and efficiently. Accordingly, career maps and staff talent pool are set to be defined at the Company by 2020.
As of end-2018, Aksa Energy employed 977 personnel; of whom, 78% are blue collar and 22% are white collar. 5% of employees are located at headquarters, with the remaining 95% 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. At all its domestic and foreign power plants, the Company selects its contracted employees from the local community in order to support the development of each regional economy. Some 62% of employees at Ghana Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plant are from the local community, compared with 67% at Madagascar and 81% at Mali power plant.
Personal and professional development of Aksa Energy’s employees are supported via periodically organized trainings. By the use of these trainings, we aim the development of new skills by our employees. Also, we want them, to be aware of developments in the energy industry which has a direct impact on many other industries and which gives great priority to technological progress, and to improve their performance and competence.
Aksa Energy provided its workforce a total 25,817 man x hours of technical and vocational training in 2018. In addition to in-house and external training activities, which are organized under three categories, 768 employees working for subcontractors were offered Occupational Health and Safety Training. Aksa Energy provided 409 hours of training to 3,699 employees, including the staff of subcontractors.
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.
Aksa Energy implements OHSAS 18001 Management System Standards at its headquarters in order to determine and manage OHS risks. The Company has completed 80% of the required work in this field for Ali Metin Kazancı Antalya Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant and Bolu Göynük Thermal Power Plant, and plans to fully implement this standard at its power plants during 2019.
Aksa Energy is committed to ensuring that all necessary precautions related to OHS are taken at subcontractor firms and organizations and all Company facilities across Turkey.
Aksa Energy uses Corrective and Preventive Action Reports to assess conditions across the organization. This reporting tool guides the Company in taking measures to avoid problems related to employee injuries, enhance OHS performance and achieve the zero accident objective. In addition, emergency plans are maintained in order to be prepared for all potential job-related accidents or emergency scenarios.
In addition, Aksa Energy took important steps toward achieving international Occupational Health and Safety standards. In December 2018, the Company reached its target of "2 million man-hours without accident" set in May 2017 at the Ghana Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plant. With this achievement, Aksa Energy ranked among the top enterprises in terms of domestic and international work accident data.
OHS evaluation and development efforts at the Company are based on statistics in Turkey and Europe and are designed to prevent occupational accidents and diseases. These activities are carried out by the OHS Board, which comprises 20% of Aksa Energy employees and represents 70% of the workforce. The OHS Board and the Sustainability Committee are responsible for conducting assessments related to sustainability issues and providing reports to the CEO when deemed necessary.
In 2018, the Company recorded 10 work accidents with minor injuries (injuries requiring outpatient care or first aid only), 1 accident with severe injuries, and 1 fatal work accident at the domestic power plants. There were no accidents at the overseas power plants.
To maintain high OHS standards, Aksa Energy focused on delivering training programs on accident prevention. Some 77% of employee training programs totaled 25,817 man hours was assigned to OHS subjects. During the year, training programs totaling 19,978 man hours were administered to 1,745 employees on OHS subjects at the Company’s power plants in Turkey and abroad. All employees were informed about the various precautionary measures and emergency plans in place to guard against potential workplace accidents.