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Organization Name

Renault SAS

Case Story Title

Occupational Welfare

Case Story Date

2005/11/28

Issues Addressed

  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Case Story Category

Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

Case Description

The health and safety of the Renault workforce are priority concerns. The aim is to enhance the quality of life of employees and the overall performance of the company. Founded on values that are common to the entire Group, this clearly defined and formalized policy underpins Renault’s international expansion as well as its social and industrial development.

The commitment of management and personnel in this area, supported by early planning of human factors, especially in new projects, is one of the key values underpinning Renault’s activity. Audits, including risk assessment, are carried out in the various sectors of the Group, by internal experts and by an outside body, to assess effective implementation of the working conditions policy. If the right conditions are met and the accident proneness results are up to standard, the “Renault Management System for Safety and Working Conditions” hallmark is awarded. It is valid for a renewable three-year period and may be withdrawn if major anomalies are observed.

Renault has its own test laboratory to assess risks and implement measures to protect its employees’ health.
An analytical method of studying workstation ergonomics has been developed internally (version 3) to protect the health of production operators, and particularly to reduce the incidence of musculo-skeletal complaints.
For each major industrial project (vehicle replacement, etc.) the design team now systematically appoints a socio-technical project manager
Road safety is another aspect of Renault’s personnel safety strategy. At Human Resources, the focus is on raising awareness among staff. (distribution of the Renault Drivers’s Charter to all group personnel, training and awareness programs adapted to the differents publics, e-learning program on road safety…)
Renault is developing a public health policy for employees. Staff undergo regular biological tests and various examinations, mainly cardio-vascular.In terms of number and severity, the incidence of industrial accidents at Renault s.a.s. compares very favorably with the industry as a whole.
A downward trend in frequency was observed in 2004 at both Group and Renault s.a.s. level At Renault s.a.s. and Group level, the degree of gravity was further reduced. Group data on occupational accidents cover almost 96% of the total workforce.

By the end of 2004, 51 of the Group’s production, office and commercial sites had been audited in this manner and 17 sites had received the hallmark. All of the 60 sites in the Renault France Automobiles sales subsidiary had been audited.

In 2005 Renault plans to:
- conduct 18 new audits;
- cease lead cathaphoresis (Dacia, Mercosur and Sandouville);
- reduce accidents by 10%;
- develop an on-line training module on professional risks

Key objectives for Occupational Welfare Policy
- Apply the “Health, safety and working conditions” hallmark to all main French sites (target set : 2001 / due date : 2005 / Situation at end-2004 : 36 %)

- Apply the “Management of health, safety and working conditions” hallmark to all main international sites (target set : 2001 / due date : 2005 / Situation at end-2004 : 82 %)

-Apply the “Management of health, safety and working conditions” hallmark to all RFA commercial outlets (target set : 2004 / due date : 2007)

- Prepare the elongation of the professional life (1 ergonomist by main French site) (target set : 2003 / due date : 2008 / Situation at end-2004 : 64 %)

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