Global trade union federation Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) confirms QDVC and VINCI Group’s commitment to guaranteeing workers’ rights during a follow-up audit in Qatar


VINCI

Press release
Nanterre, March 9, 2022

gglobal union federation Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) to confirms the commitment made by QDVC and VINCI Group guaranteeing workers’ rights during a follow-up audit in Qatar

The BWI and VINCI union representatives (CGT, CFDT, CFE-CGC and FO) carried out a second audit of the activities, construction sites and housing of workers at QDVC (a Qatari company owned by Qatari Diar and VINCI Construction Grands Projets) in Qatar on October 26 and 27, 2021. This audit follows the first audit carried out in 2019, as part of the implementation of the agreement signed in 2017 on workers’ rights between the BWI, VINCI and QDVC.

no middle finger Questions were identified by the auditors. Notable highlights includeD:

  • Closing of areas for improvement identified during the 2019 audit.

  • Integration of health and safety policies across QDVC’s operations, leading to remarkable safety records: a frequency rate of 0.6 and a severity rate of 0.010 based on 321 million hours worked between 2009 and 2021, including all on-site employees (241,000 people).

  • Initiatives taken to support workers facing hardship due to the pandemic, including continuing to pay full wages and providing free psychosocial assistance.

  • Ongoing assessment and monitoring of labor suppliers and contractors, reinforcing general worker rights and welfare standards throughout QDVC’s supply chain.

  • QDVC was cited for its pioneering role in setting up an effective Workers’ Welfare Committee in Qatar (third round of elections held in 2021 with 93% turnout) enabling workers to develop trust in the dialogue process and towards the management of the company. This has been backed up by a steady track record of resolved requests and grievances.

BWI and French trade unions implied in verification made a series of recommendations, Phone like:

  • Strengthened roles and responsibilities of workers’ representatives in handling collective grievances on terms and conditions of employment, improved transparency on pay scales, promotions and raises, and protected status.

  • Surveillance and monitoring of psychosocial risks, which constitute a serious health problem.

  • Continuation of CSR due diligence with subcontractors, especially the smallest ones.

  • Continue to prevent deceptive recruitment practices in collaboration with BWI, focusing on target communities where foreign workers come from.

It should be mentioned that the pilot PPP (Public-Private Partnership) between the Iinternational Iabout Oorganization (ILO) Project Office in Qatar and QDVC on Fair Worker Recruitment enabled workers to be hired fairly, free from debt, and informed of their rights and working conditions before they left.1 The objectives of the project have therefore been met.

The full BWI audit report can be viewed here:
https://publi.vinci.com/vinci/qdvc-jointauditreport_en_revised_5march.pdf

Ambet Yuson, BWI General Secretary: “This second audit highlights the importance of cooperation rooted in the terms of our F internationalramework AOK. The BWI and representatives of the French trade unions were happy to see progress in many areassupported by the strong commitment of the company for promote transparency and uphold health and safety and worker well-being standards. However, as union inspectors, we will continue to be critical observers and identify domains for further away improvement. Together spirith QDVC and VINCIwe to have travel a long way to go effective representation and complaints handling structures. the The BWI is ready to Continue to This way for even more efficiency and long term durability.

Roberto Strigi, CEO of QDVC:
In the difficult context of VSovide-19 pandemic, it East QDVC’s obligation to continue to maintain and to improve its QHSE and CSR standards for its workforce. Oand were happy to be able to organize a follow-up audit with the BWI and union representatives. Direction Audits is an essential exercise to ensure not only safety standards, but also this workers’ rightss in terms of collective representation are saved as well as their mental and physical well-being. We hope this report will highlight the practices put in place to protect the rights of our workers and our subcontractors.”

Sarah Tesei, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at VINCI:
By engaging with trade union organizations and seeking their critical opinion, VINCI is demonstrating its desire for to be transparent and continuouslily make progress in these complex and sensitive issues. The level of cooperation with and confidence in The BWI has proven to be very constructive year after year and will leave a significant legacy for workers.

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About VINCI

VINCI is a global player in concessions, construction and energy, employing more than 260,000 people in around 100 countries. We design, finance, build and operate infrastructure and equipment that help improve daily life and mobility for everyone. Because we believe in global performance, we are committed to operating in an ecological, socially responsible and ethical manner. And because our projects are of general interest, we consider that meeting all our stakeholders and dialoguing with them is essential in the conduct of our activities. Based on this approach, VINCI’s ambition is to create long-term value for its customers, shareholders, employees, partners and society in general. www.vinci.com

About QDVC

QDVC PQSC is a private Qatari joint-stock company with a proven track record of designing and constructing large, complex construction projects to international standards and tailored to the needs of its clients. Created under Qatari law in April 2007, QDVC is the result of the association of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (Qatari Diar) and VINCI Construction Grands Projets (VCGP). Qatari Diar is incorporated in Qatar and acts as a Qatari partner with 51% and VCGP is incorporated in France and acts as a non-Qatari partner with 49%. The symbiotic association between the two leaders has resulted in a company with international expertise and local vision, to undertake engineering and construction services for major development projects. QDVC’s wide range of skills encompasses the role of conceptual design, project management design and detailed design, construction, operation and maintenance. www.qdvc.com

About the Building and Wood Workers’ International

The BWI (Building and Woodworkers International) is the only global trade union federation of free and democratic trade unions with members in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and allied sectors. The BWI brings together 385 unions representing approximately 12 million members in 127 countries. www.bwint.org

1 https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—arabstates/—ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_820253.pdf

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