People and safety
All Group companies operate in full compliance with all applicable national and international laws and regulations with respect to human rights, safe working conditions, promoting fair employment conditions, responsible management of environmental issues, and high ethical standards.
All these principles are also thoroughly detailed in our Supplier Code of Conduct, which is mandatory in any supplier agreement concluded by the Group and its subsidiaries. All suppliers and their subcontractors must comply with the Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct, verify compliance by providing information to the Group, and allow access on their premises for regular assessments. The Supplier Code of Conduct is constantly updated and improved to reflect alignment with local and international regulations, as well as any evolutions with potential impact on our activities.
Despite the extremely difficult economic context, the Group management’s approach fell in line with our responsibility to protect jobs, ensure collective pay increases and maintain social benefits included in the collective agreements as negotiated before the pandemic. This was done in an effort to keep a sense of balance and security, primary requirements to garner effectiveness and efficiency among our staff.
Our employees are our partners in creating and supporting the new working model aimed at generating business continuity, in response to the current needs of the Group and society as a whole. As such, communication was a key element in achieving our employee management goals. Through various surveys we were able to continuously take the pulse of the organization and be permanently connected to the dynamic needs of employees in all countries we operate in.
We adjusted our major skill development, professional and personal growth programs to the digital requirements of the current times. Highly skilled and motivated employees are our best asset, each with a role to play to deliver our sustainability agenda.
The safety of our employees represents a top priority across all Group entities and operations, being a crucial part of our strategy. To ensure the safety and well-being of each employee we have been implementing and constantly updating extensive safety standards and procedures in an attempt to consolidate our “safety first” culture.
Our commitment to safety extends beyond our employees, to our partners and suppliers, our customers, and the communities in which we carry out our activities. Our risk-based approach follows a clear set of standards aligned with national and international regulatory requirements. We have an integrated QHSE management system in place, which is certified against ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.
The implemented Management System consists of nine distinct elements covering all the QHSE topics and professional areas. The entire KMG International workforce is under the scope of the mentioned system, including operational and non-operational employees and interns.
The Group’s various internal policies pertaining to occupational health and safety cover all types of operations carried out throughout the Group and represent the foundation of both preventive and reactive programs aimed at delivering safe, secure, and sustainable operations.
Rompetrol monitors HSE Contractor indicators, as a best practice, and to ensure that the same level of operational excellence is shared by our contractors.
The Group concluded 2021 with a 0.46 LTIR (Lost Time Injury Rate). The three fatality cases recorded at Petromidia Refinery caused a 27 Fatal Incident Rate. Also, 2 first aid cases were reported in 2021 at Group level.
By comparison, the LTIR was 0.25 in 2020 and 0.26 in 2019. This shows that, after a couple of years of plateau, the Group indicator was dramatically impacted by the high severity incident that occurred at Petromidia Refinery over the summer of 2021. For an even wider context, in 2018, the Group recorded a LTIR of 0.15.
Aside for the safety procedures and processes carried out at Group level and across all Business Units, Rompetrol places high focus on health and safety training, with more than 1,300 fire drills and more than 30,000 hours of QHSE training provided in 2021 alone.