As a family-owned and managed company, we want to create well-being. Having engaged employees is critical for our business. In our global, culturally diverse organization, our people are encouraged to develop skills and consider new roles and responsibilities. Maritime transport requires qualified workers and experienced professionals, our ~3.000 employees are our most important asset.
There were no fatal accidents in 2019. Accidents are closely investigated to find out the root causes and take future preventive measures from the lessons learned by the Corporate Safety Board, consisting of the end-responsible executives of all divisions.
VCA (Safety, Health and Environment Checklist for Contractors) certification for all Wagenborg Shipping employees, including office staff.
We prefer to fill vacant positions on board from the pool of trainees. Six out of ten trainees are hired, higher ranks are fulfilled by promoting colleagues.
In order to keep the vitality of seafarers as high as possible, we work with flexible sailing and leave schedules tailored to individual needs, if possible. Partly as a result of this, we see that the absenteeism figures on board are extremely low and that failure due to physical limitations or reduced mental resilience hardly occurs, if at all.
Our (senior) officers will also work on leadership in a custom made development program as from 2020. This program was designed in cooperation with Lloyds Register and focuses on leadership, efficient ship management and safe working.
Wagenborg adopted the Safety Ladder methodology, that aims to measure our safety culture. We are monitoring, reporting and reviewing our HSEQ performance and communicate companywide about HSEQ performances.
With our strategic personnel planning, we have insight into the knowledge, competences and talents of our employees. We actively translate this into individual development, training and education programs, in order to train potential managers internally on the one hand and to offer employees perspective on the other.
Preventing absenteeism is important to us, which is reflected by individual coaching, a confidential advisor and / or company doctor, reintegration places on an individual basis, workplace inspections, the purchase of standing desks and the provision of Preventive Medical Examination. Thanks to our sustainable Employability Policy, our employees can deduct private health costs from their salary.
To have enough healthy, motivated and competent employees, a first group of employees will start in 2020 with an in-house developed Personal Development Program. The program will last one year and at least three groups will participate until 2022.