ELEQ uses social employment and labour integration, surveys safety and stimulates participation.
We strive to ensure that our employees work safely, with passion and pleasure. We therefore continuously invest in improving the working conditions of our employees to reduce physical stress, environmental stress and psychosocial stress.
Safety is an important topic in our company. For a long time we have assessed order and tidiness in the workplace through 5S audits. In 2015 we also started making security rounds. These are performed by supervisors to chart potential safety risks and then eliminate or minimise these. Through workshops with supervisors we have been able to establish a risk matrix, with security being one of the aspects measured. Safety and safety risks within the company are evaluated every three years through an RI&E.
Furthermore, we have appointed a counsellor who employees can consult when dealing with possible psychological complaints on the job.
We believe it is important that our employees have a say in our operations by means of a Participation Council. Every employee should be able to grow and contribute to our professional organisation. Participation also stimulates commitment and involvement with the company. In Steenwijk we have a Participation Council. This gives employees a say in business affairs both small and large. The number of employees in the Participation Council is five from every office. The council is re-elected every four years. This guarantees that the entire organisation is involved with the representation of ELEQ employees within the Participation Council.
ELEQ Steenwijk also has a Staff Association, supported by the company. They organise relaxing, cultural outings several times a year. Additionally, every year all members choose a charity for sponsoring. In recent years these were usually national charities, but regional charities have also been chosen. Through monthly savings, the ELEQ employees put aside a small, fixed amount for this charity. Over the years donations have been made to KiKa, De Nierstichting, Familiehuis Daniel den Hoed and Make a Wish.
Social employment and labour integration
For many years our Steenwijk location has collaborated with the NoordWestGroep, an organisation for social employment and labour integration. In recent years this collaboration has intensified, resulting in the integration of the NoordWestGroep into ELEQ in 2013. Every day some forty people from the NoordWestGroep make an important contribution to the manufacturing of around five hundred different products. This lasting deployment of the NoordWestGroep guarantees quality because these employees know the products and procedures within ELEQ. It also provides continuity for the NoordWestGroep.
From our location in Kerpen we also work together with an organisation for social employment and labour integration called Caritas. This organisation works for the Kerpen location at its own location, where they are specialised in the assembly of a multitude of products.
Indirectly our close collaboration with the NoordWestGroep and Caritas creates an estimated 7% social return on investment by our clients for their customers.
We greatly value the environment and culture surrounding ELEQ. By investing in the environment we want to involve the local population —with many of our employees among them— with each other’s activities as well as with the surroundings.
We sponsor a diversity of regional events and sports clubs. Examples are great initiatives such as the Skeelerklim and the Wielerrun in Steenwijk. We are also a longstanding sponsor of Rabo Theater de Meenthe, a theatre where our employees receive a discount on several shows. Through such investments we stimulate the regional economy. At the same time we are offering employees a chance for a nice evening out, which benefits the balance of work and private life. We have also sponsored the soccer club FC Kerpen for a number of years.
On top of all that, we prefer to outsource work locally if the price quality ratio is acceptable.
ELEQ also sponsors organisations that contribute to a better world. We currently sponsor Artsen zonder Grenzen (Doctors Without Borders) and Oxfam Novib. Both organisations strive to improve the world on all continents. Oxfam Novib fights against poverty and injustice, and Doctors Without Borders gives medical aid regardless of religion, ancestry or political conviction.
ELEQ is also proactively identifying, analysing and reducing risks connected to our products during their entire life cycle, for instance by increasingly adding manuals to products to prevent or reduce possible dangers for society.