DCH – International Organization of Human Capital Directors and the ACES Europe association created the European Sport and Healthy Company award in 2016, with the aim of acknowledging the effort made by companies, such as SEAT, in promoting sport and health among their employees. In order to be considered for the award, companies must have an occupational health department on the premises, provide sports facilities and specific action programmes for their employees with regards to health and sports. Once they have been accepted as candidates, the organisation monitors the project for the following three years, during which time they request information from the company and pay an annual site visit to the facilities.
SEAT, certified in health and safety
SEAT also recently received certification for its occupational health and safety management system according to the new ISO 45001 standard, becoming the first company in the automotive sector to have it issued. This certification recognises that the health and safety activities are aligned with the company’s long-term strategy and are taken into consideration at all organisational levels. Furthermore, the company has renewed the Healthy Company certification it received in 2015.
The turning point in worker care came in 2017 with the inauguration of the CARS Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre, the only facility of its kind in Spain, after SEAT made the a record investment of 3.5 million euros aimed at enhancing employee health. In the centre’s first year of operation, more than 60,000 health interventions were carried out, 9 cases of early stage cancer and 16 cases of heart disease were detected, and 94 orthopaedic surgeries were performed without a waiting list.
Thanks to everything the company is doing to advance the health and well-being of its workers, the Foment del Treball employer association gave SEAT the Special Jury Prize for its health and safety management model at the 9th edition of the ATLANTE awards. The organisation placed special emphasis on the creation of CARS and the true integration of occupational medicine in the company.
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