Metro Service actively participates in the work to create a global sustainable development, where social responsibility and concern for the environment go hand-in-hand with sound business development.
We follow the UN Global Compact principles, and our focus on human rights, good and secure working conditions, social engagement, anti-corruption and environmental responsibility form the basis for how we do business. For this reason, we have committed ourselves to reporting annually on activities and progress related to our principles for social responsibility.
We would like to be a role model for working conditions. In early 2017, we attained a Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) certification, in the areas of working conditions, working environment, environment and business ethics.
Good working conditions
The prerequisite for a good working environment is good working conditions. Naturally, Metro Service complies with all relevant laws, regulations and collective bargaining agreements within the area, and we have a long tradition of a good dialogue with the various trade unions.
The health and well-being of our employees are important to us. Some employees work with heavy equipment, and many work evening and night shifts, which require an extra emphasis on the working environment. We work in accordance with the Danish Health Authority's five-step model with efforts involving diet, smoking, alcohol, exercise and stress. We are a smoke-free workplace, and among other things the employees have access to a healthy lunch option, massages and participation in various sporting events. In addition, we support memberships of fitness clubs.
We also put much effort into preventing work-related accidents, minimising the work load and further improving the working environment. We follow the principles in the OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard and register and analyse all events related to the working environment. In 2014 and 2015, we had special focus on the working conditions of the stewards. Through several measures to prevent violence, we have significantly reduced the number of verbal and physical assaults on stewards. The work with this continues.
Cooperation with suppliers
The Code of Ethics helps us in setting standards for our daily work, not only for our own employees, but also in the working relationships with our suppliers. Through transparent purchasing processes, we promote open and honest dialogue as a measure against corruption. In return, we expect all our suppliers and their subcontractors to adhere to the relevant regulation and to follow the Metro Service Code of Ethics.
Since 2017, our suppliers have had to report in a structured manner on their overall workplace conditions, including contracts and collective bargaining agreements, working conditions, hours and facilities, as well as their use of apprentices. In addition, we have contractec with an external agency to conduct annual audits of selected suppliers to ensure they comply with the demands for good working conditions for employees and possible sub-suppliers.
Those of our sub-suppliers that act under Danish legislation must fill in a CSR questionnaire every quarter. This way we can assure that they continue to live up to the legislation and there by meet our demands.
Respect for diversity
The society around us is diverse, and we want Metro Service to reflect this. We do this by focusing on equal opportunity regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age, etc. We put much energy into ensuring a working environment where everyone is thriving, and when recruiting, we encourage candidates with all types of backgrounds to apply for the jobs.
In the Metro, we meet passengers from all layers of society. To better understand and respect the differences among people, we work with several organisations for homeless and socially vulnerable people in the local area. For example, we have:
• donated beds, Christmas presents and experiences to Kofoeds Skole. In addition, we have helped collecting used bicycles for the homeless.
• donated chairs for the common room and fitness equipment for Aktivitetscenteret Sundholm.
• donated winter and summer clothes to Gadens Stemmer - homeless people working as tour guides - so they can do their guided urban tours all year around.
In addition, we also support the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Cancer Society.
We comply with the principles in the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and continuously work to reduce the use of non-renewable energy sources, water and waste. For example, we have
• optimised the water purification system in the train washing system and reduced the consumption of water
• installed LED lights where possible in trains, at stations and in our own premises, and reduced our energy consumption
• started replacing diesel company cars with electrical cars
• replaced the groundwater pumps with new and more environmentally friendly ones
Our work to develop a sustainable business covers even more areas. For example, we also place considerable emphasis on anti-corruption in our working relationships with our suppliers. Read about our activities in the CSR report.