We place people first and believe in the fair and equitable treatment of all people everywhere. The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, our neighbours and communites are among our core values.
We aim to maximise the benefits of our presence wherever we work. Positive community impacts are actively planned and pursued through generating employment for local people wherever possible, community infrastructure improvements, educational programmes and encouraging local economic growth.
At Emirates Global Aluminium the health and safety of our employees, contractors and neighbours is our first priority.
Across all operations and project sites, EGA proactively and continuously identifies and mitigates occupational hazards, and aims to engage all our employees and contractors in this effort. We apply a hierarchy of controls in order to eliminate
hazards wherever possible and minimise the risk of those that cannot be eliminated entirely.
In 2018, we upgraded our UAE management system to meet the latest, internationally recognised standard, the International Organisation for Standardisation’s ISO 45001:2018. In Guinea, we operate according to occupational health and safety management systems developed in accordance with international guidelines, including IFC Performance Standards and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility at EGA. All our employees and contractors are able to identify and suggest methods to improve safety and have access to ways to raise safety concerns as part of our core policy, we emphasise that anyone and everyone at EGA has the authority to refuse or stop any activity perceived to be unsafe.
As part of EGA’s core policy, we respect our neighbours and are committed to positively engaging with local communities wherever we operate, so that we may maximise the benefits of our presence while mitigating potential adverse impacts.
We operate planned and targeted corporate social responsibility programmes at all of our locations in both the UAE and Guinea, working with numerous stakeholders, including community representatives, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions and respective governments.
In Guinea, we have long recognised that the development of our mining operation would result in land use changes and disruption to some of our neighbours. With this in mind, we actively seek to minimise these impacts. Where they are unavoidable however, we have developed and implemented plans to alleviate or compensate for the impact. All of our community impact assessments and project planning in Guinea have been undertaken in accordance with the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, with associated studies, engagement plans, community investment strategies, closure and rehabilitation requirements, policies and reports regularly reviewed by an independent third party to ensure that we are meeting our commitments.
Human rights refer to the universal entitlement to every individual to be treated with dignity and equality.
A core commitment at EGA is respecting fundamental human rights of our employees, those in our value chain, and the communities in which we operate.
We oppose any form of slavery, child or forced labour and require that our supply chain partners adopt the same principle.
We support the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and require that both external providers and our own security staff follow these principles.
At EGA, our business success depends on the talent, skills and diligence of our people. We aim to attract high quality recruits, provide effective opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential and retain the most capable people for the long term by providing competitive remuneration and welfare.
EGA offers a wide range of benefits to employees to ensure their well-being, commitment to work and overall happiness. Our employees receive a school education allowance, life insurance, health care, medical check-ups, disability and invalidity assistance, compassionate leave and medical insurance that covers the employee and their immediate family.
In addition, recognising that personal matters such as financial and family issues can affect the health, safety and well-being of our employees. We provide a confidential, professional support service called the Employee Assistance Programme which is available to everyone who works for or with EGA and to their families wherever they live.
We provides a wide range of training programmes to thousands of employees every year. Training is designed according to EGA’s current and future requirements, current staff needs and planned career progression.
EGA supports the development of all employees. This includes giving appropriate focus to the development of nationals
in the countries in which we operate. In both Guinea and the UAE, increasing the proportion of nationals in the workforce is a key business objective. EGA’s Emiratisation and Guineanisation programmes are designed to attract, develop and retain UAE and Guinean nationals, providing clear progression pathways through structured development and training programmes.