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Quality, environment, health and safety and Risk monitoring and Emergency Response Process

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  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

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The example of the initiatives undertaken by Synergie -a joint venture between EDF (85% of shares) and two Chinese partners (7.5% of shares each)- operating and maintaining a 2 x 360 MW coal-fire power plant, which in turn works as a service provider for an EDF affiliate company (FIGLEC) - are illustrative of Principles 1 and 8 of the Global Compact which states respectively that businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights within their sphere of influence, and undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Synergie?s principal objective was to obtain a triple certification in the fields of quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001) and in health and safety (OHSAS 18001) in order to not only lead the company to excellence in performance, but to solidify the company?s commitment to the environment and to cultivate employee satisfaction and motivation. In order to so, a ?Total Quality Management System? approach was implemented to ensure compliance with the above mentioned certification standards.

In addition, the vision and the sustainable development policy of Synergie were displayed publicly throughout the plant in order to disseminate the information internally and externally, and to thus increase awareness and focus on the matter. Particularly important to note is the emphasis placed on the right of workers to benefit from a safe and healthy working environment-, which is a basic human right that all employees are entitled to and which is in the sphere of influence of the company.Certification was secured on September 28, 2003 for service of operation and maintenance of a power plant. The ISO 14001 certification was secured jointly with FIGLEC and with the EDF Group certification, thus furthering the company commitment to the environment.

A ?Risk Monitoring and Emergency Response Process? has been put into effect which combines safety, occupational health and environmental protection. Such protection makes reference to evaluating occupational hazards, distributing personal protection equipment to the personnel, performance of routine medical check ups, emergency drills to handle emergency circumstances that may arise, assessments of emergency response mechanisms, and other measures. The objective of the ?Risk Monitoring and Emergency Response Process? is therefore, to prevent harm from occurring to any employees, to subcontractored personnel working on site, and to the neighbouring population. Thus as mentioned before, the emphasis is placed on an essential human right that workers are entitled to: as every individual has the right to work, so to does every individual have the right to return home safely after work.

Outside of Synergie, the effect of certification is felt as a culture of health and safety in business is in turn promoted within Chinese society; as one Chinese certification authority notes, a selected number of businesses have been accredited simultaneously with the triple certification. In addition, the experience and the knowledge gained throughout the process can also be shared with other fellow interested businesses, and serve to promote dialogue in the respect of human rights and the environment.


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