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As an active corporate citizen in communities across Canada, the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Héroux-Devtek is committed to making a positive difference through its support of community organizations, academic institutions, as well as the arts and cultural sectors.
Héroux-Devtek makes financial donations in support of food banks, to promote a world free of sexual violence, as well as to accelerate heart disease research, to name a few – in addition to the long-time support of the annual Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign provided by our employees, unions and executives.
The professional development of future aerospace engineers and technicians as well as the advancement of intelligent manufacturing practices are also very important to us. We have a long-standing agreement to financially support the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA) at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit – North America’s largest aero technical training institution. A partnership we value and cherish. We have also pledged a multiyear donation to support the construction of the new National Integrated Center of Intelligent Manufacturers Pavilion at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
Additionally, we support entrepreneurship programs in Canada, women in leadership initiatives, and provided funding to Aviation Connection, a charitable organization that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities across high schools in Québec – namely through a unique Aeronautical Training Program.
Moreover, we devote a lot of attention and resources to keep our employees and their families safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that health and safety is an obsession for our teams globally, we entered the pandemic somewhat prepared and only required some adjustments, such as physical distancing and other specific sanitary protocols.
At Héroux-Devtek, protecting our employees is our single most important priority. While compliance with applicable legal requirements represents a minimum, we prefer to establish standards which may impose even more stringent obligations. We also believe that senior management plays a vital role in establishing a culture that supports occupational health and safety programs and initiatives.
Accordingly, we are committed to eliminating all work-related injuries and illnesses by providing a safe and healthy workspace and proactively identifying and addressing all inherent risks. Our health and safety programs combine clear leadership by management, the participation of all employees and functions, and the use of appropriate safety equipment and technology in all stages of our operations. We also encourage employees to play an active role in identifying hazards and to offer suggestions or ideas to improve the safety program.
This philosophy implies continuous improvement toward an accident-free workplace through effective supervision, hiring skilled employees, education, and training. We expect all supervisors and employees to be dedicated to the continuing objectives of workplace safety and eliminating “near misses”, which will greatly reduce the risk of injuries. We have also implemented procedures and processes to record, report, and manage work-related injuries and illnesses.
Senior management and Board of Directors meetings include reports and discussions of notable workplace incidents and several key performance indicators and metrics. In addition to a dedicated health and safety team at each of our facilities, a team of safety and operations personnel from all our sites also meets monthly to share information related to health & safety such as best practices and reviews incidents to apply insights learned.
Finally, we leverage data and analytics to support our health and safety vision by maximizing the use of our global work safety management system, implemented enterprise wide.