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Umicore’s safety performance in 2015 regressed with the number of lost time accidents reaching 47 compared to 37 in 2014. This was despite 85% of Umicore’s sites recording no lost time accidents during the year. Safety will remain one of the company’s key focus areas as part of the Horizon 2020 strategy with the overall objective of becoming an accident-free company being unchanged.
Umicore continued to make good progress with regards to people engagement. By the end of 2015, 96% of employees were receiving an annual development appraisal which represented good progress over the past five years. Close to 70% of employees now work in a site that has received recognition as a preferred employer. A number of other initiatives related to leadership development, diversity and were also launched or developed further in 2015. In 2015 Umicore and the IndustriALL Global Union renewed their Global framework Agreement on Sustainable Development for a period of four years. The agreement covers human rights (including collective bargaining and equal opportunities), safe and healthy working conditions and environmental considerations.
In terms of workplace health related to metals exposure, the level of excess readings was reduced further and by the end of 2015 was less than half the level of 2011.