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Occupational Health and Safety

Fostering a work environment where employees and related stakeholders can do their work under healthy and safe conditions, while eliminating risks that may prevent the establishment of this environment, is an indispensable, core priority for Koç Holding and Group companies. To this end, occupational health and safety is managed proactively and systematically across the Group. Occupational health and safety specialists, work place physicians, other health of officials, and service providers in this area that are employed by Group companies monitor related developments closely and implement needed improvements in line with globally-accepted standards. Of the 85 facilities owned by Group companies, 68 are covered by OHSAS 18001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management System” certification. Certified facility ratio stands at 80% as of year-end 2016.

Koç Holding Occupational Health and Safety Coordination Board is responsible for implementing the particular importance we place on occupational health and safety. The functions of this board include:
• Reviewing Group-wide practices regularly on an issue-by-issue basis,
• Developing recommendations for improvement and broader adoption,
• Ensuring that best practices are adopted by Group companies,
• Tracking occupational accident statistics regularly and providing recommendations for improvement and development to achieve the zero-accident goal,
• Managing the processes to ensure complete compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

In addition to the Occupational Health and Safety Coordination Board, which is charged with coordinating at the Holding level, the occupational health and safety issue is managed by Occupational Health and Safety Committees at Group companies. As of 2016, Koç Holding and Group companies have 123 active working OHS committees, 1,270 representatives and 1,506 members working in these committees. Occupational Health and Safety is implemented in Group companies via practices that begin with the recruitment process. Employees are asked to provide health information as well as medical reports stating that they are fit and healthy for the job as part of the hiring process. In addition, regular health screenings as well as medical examinations and health screenings for special tasks are performed across the Group. Workplace physicians, occupational health and safety specialists, and additional health personnel as needed at the Group facilities provide the requisite health services for the staff.

Health and occupational safety-related provisions of collective bargaining agreements are adhered to fully and completely. In addition to various workplace practices, training activities and projects are also conducted for personnel and their families. Group companies organize training activities in order to raise and bolster occupational health and safety awareness. As a result, measures implemented against identified risks are expanded in scale and scope. To this end, processes and practices were implemented throughout the year to eliminate occupational health and safety risks that were identified as a result of risk assessment activities; training was administered to employees of Group companies and contractor firms as needed. During 2016, 561,916 employee-hours of training was provided to 89,898 personnel of Group companies, and 77,663 employee-hours of training was provided to 29,234 contractor firm staff members.

Reports on occupational health and safety are conducted every year and tracked after consolidation. In 2016, among Group companies, injury rate was 0.82, while occupational illness rate 0.02 and lost working days rate stood at 9.74.

* Data used in this page cover the companies representing 77% of our Group employees and 82.8% of combined turnover of the Group, as of 2016. Further information may be retrieved from Koç Group Sustainability Reports.