Healthy and Inclusive Workplace Design


Workplace design and set-up allow employees to benefit from natural lighting and airflow. The company actively engages in health promotion, including the option (but not requirement) to obtain annual flu and virus inoculations, ergonomic workstation equipment and set-up, time for movement breaks, or incentives to participate in sports or other outdoor/health promotion activities. Where the company provides meals, most meal options are healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate. Workers have access to adequate leisure time and exercise, including where workers are employed in labour camps, on vessels, in factory communities, or other settings where they are unable to go home on their personal time. The workplace, accommodations, and any communal spaces are designed and built to be accessible to persons of diverse abilities. The company makes reasonable accommodations for workers to work in the home, where feasible and safe, and provides the necessary hardware, software, and ergonomic workstation equipment for workers to do so.

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