Putting People first
Tarkett can claim to best practice the principles of sustainability by putting people first, and starting with respect for its own employees as well as for the communities in which it operates.
Tarkett’s spirit of corporate social responsibility is reflected in four guiding principles:
• Safety, respect and integrity in relationships with people
• Encouraging talent development, empowerment and diversity
• Pro-active employee communication and dialogue
• Involvement with local communities
Safety: No compromise
Safety is our highest priority, with safety training required for every employee in our industrial sites, such as through the teaching of the World Class Manufacturing program.
76% of our production sites are certified OHSAS 18001
(2014 Key Figures)
Develop Talent through Training, Diversity and Mobility
At Tarkett, we are committed towards employees talents, motivating them for satisfying careers, and empowering them through training, internal mobility and encouragement of diversity throughout the organization. By doing so, Tarkett also assures its capacity to have the right talents in the right place for sustainable growth.
For many years Tarkett has developed a unique approach to training: the Tarkett Academy. More than 3,750 external people have been trained at Tarkett Academies around the world in 2014. Through a network of professional training schools for flooring installation, this program addresses multiple audiences with courses for both young professionals and experienced installers in sessions of two days to a week.
In France, three training centers deliver flooring specialist diplomas recognized by the French National Education Ministry.
15 Tarkett Academies in the World
Respect social partners and encourage dialogue
Through the “Tarkett Forum”, European Works Council, Tarkett promotes social dialogue at all levels of the company with quarterly meetings, either in plenary or informal meetings focused on common human resources topics. The Tarkett Forum is composed of the EVP Human Resources, the EMEA Human Resources Director and 16 union representatives from 6 countries.
Every two years, the Group runs the internal Employee Feedback survey. In 2014, 82% of employees took part of the 4th biennial employee feedback.
The WCM program also encourages dialogue in industrial sites: operators can propose solutions each month to improve work organization.
Involve with local communities
Tarkett supports local initiatives not only through flooring or financing donations but also through time and expertise, supporting employee initiative in participating in charity or in cultural events.
In Montreal, Tarkett through Fieldturf was a key sponsor of The Games of Hope / Les Jeux de l’Espoir, a one-day multi-sport fundraiser childrens’ charities. Over 2,000 people attended in 2014, including Tarkett employees and their families.
In the USA Tarkett is an active partner of the US Soccer Foundation and has supported the Marcel Desailly soccer project at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Ghana, Africa, with three Fieldturf pitches.
Tarkett in North America supports SeriousFun Children’s Network, a growing global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses, and their families, always free of charge. Tarkett will contribute to these camps with flooring donation to offer campers healthier spaces and improved indoor air quality.