Cooperative of SEKEM Employees | Our Values | Empowering Women & Gender Strategy | Diversity & Equality
Meaningful Work and an Inspiring Work Environment
The Cooperative for SEKEM Employees (CSE) was founded in 2000 to promote meaningful work in a healthy, safe and humane environment. The governmental Cooperative Union of Social Affairs oversees its activities. The goal is to achieve social justice and decent human life for everyone in the SEKEM Initiative. The current projects undertaken by the CSE are the pharmacy at the main SEKEM premises, the library, the cafeteria that provides healthy and warm meals for the employees every day and the transfer of workers to and from the companies. Currently, the CSE has 220 members and, on top SEKEM employees are encouraged to take part in a labor union, which is welcome to promote its activities on company premises anytime.
Health and Safety for the Community
The provision of a safe environment and access to health services are some of the main requirements for a humane workplace. We differentiate between two levels of action: First, health and safety at the workplace, and, second, a broader approach towards health promotion in the community.
In all organizational processes, health and safety aspects have to be taken into account. To follow up on, for example, any reported safety problems or repeated incidents, precise documentation is needed. Tangible targets have to be set, and training courses on all relevant health and safety issues have to be carried out and repeated regularly. To make sure that our health and safety management system works according to internationally recognized standards, all our companies have been certified according to the well-known OHSAS 18001 standard since 2005. In every company, a health and safety team is responsible for ensuring that standards are met. The team meets annually to discuss the related company statistics and to formulate action plans for prevention if needed.