NEW DELHI (India CSR): Almost 100% of the non-supervisory permanent employees at manufacturing locations of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) are covered under the collective bargaining agreements with trade unions, which also comply with local and national laws, the company said in its annual report.
During the year 2021-22, there were no known cases of child labour, forced labour, involuntary labour, sexual harassment and discriminatory employment, the report revealed.
At various sites, Reliance has registered employee unions and associations, the report added. Employees are encouraged to participate in open and constructive dialogue with the management, without fear of reprisal, discrimination, intimidation, or harassment, the report said.
Collective bargaining is a technique adopted by the organisations of workers and employers collectively to resolve their differences without the assistance of a third party or the intervention of a third party.
RIL had 23,903 permanent employees as of March 31, 2021, of which 1,425 permanent women employees and 49 employees with disabilities.
An internal complaints committee has been set up at all operating locations where employees can register their complaints against sexual harassment. This is supported by the Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, which ensures a free and fair inquiry process with clear timelines for resolution. There is also a mandatory learning programme in place on ‘Creating a Respectful Workplace’ for all employees.
Health, safety, and skill upgradation of employees are of significant importance to the company. To create a safe workplace, it emphasizes training programmes that cater to these specific development needs. During FY 2020-21, the company imparted 7.63 lakh man-hours of training to its workforce. 100% of RIL’s contractual employees receive mandatory safety training before entering the Company’s premises and also acquire on-the-job training through the contractor and the Company. At RIL, 97.8% of its permanent workforce received safety and skill upgradation training; 95.2% of women employees received training through classroom and web-based training programmes. Of the 49 permanent employees with disabilities, 51% received safety and skill upgradation training. RIL ensures 100% employee participation in safety and mock fire drills.