Health & Insurance Policy

Our Commitment

At Ascend Telecom, the health and safety of our employees takes prime importance. Health refers to a state characterised by good health and happiness.

Scope and Applicability

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees, contractor, customers and visitors at our premises (Corporate, Circles and warehouses). We also extend our commitment across our value chain through our partners and suppliers.

Material Aspects of our business

At Ascend Telecom circle or corporate locations, occupational health impacts arising from the nature of work environment are key material aspects. Primary among these are ergonomic, health impacts, communicable diseases, food and safety and business travel safety.

With respect to our supply chain

Identification and control of risks arising out of unsafe occupational environments and work practices are material aspects. These include issues like health & safety impacts arising out of improper/ non-use of protective personal equipment and unsafe handling of materials, uninformed and unsafe travels and others.

Governance

The CHRO, reporting to the CEO, assumes primary responsibility for effective, efficient and safe operations at Ascend Telecom premises worldwide, legal compliance, including health and safety.He is supported by the location and geography heads who drive health and safety programs, and legal & compliance teams at their respective locations/geographies.

Additionally, all employees in their respective capacities as individuals, managers and functional owners are responsible for maintaining and promoting a safe and healthy workplace.Health and Safety aspects are integrated into the corporate governance structure, and the Audit, Risk and Compliance committee oversees this.

Approach

Our approach is to look at health and safety from a holistic and integrated perspective, covering preventive and mitigation measures.

  • Holistic programs are those that meet requirements across life stages and address aspects of both mental and physical well-being of an individual.
  • An integrated approach seeks to incentivize behaviours through both organization-facilitated forums/programs and individual compensation-benefit structures.
  • Preventive measures include compliance with management systems and regulations, awareness building, communication and forums for consultation and feedback, including reviews and audits. Some examples of these are Location H&S councils / Joint health & safety committees, awareness sessions on healthy lifestyle and employee assistance or counselling programs.
  • Mitigation measures include post incident response handling and recovery measures.
Objectives
  • Maintain location-level H&S management system at Ascend Telecom owned-premises. For leased and customer operated locations, we will endeavor to work with customers and property owners/ managers to align to the same standard
  • Actively identify, assess and manage the health & safety related risks across operations and supply chain
  • Take appropriate measures to prevent workplace injuries and ill health, and provide employees with a safe and healthy working environment by continuously evolving industry practices and societal standards of care.
  • Identify and comply with applicable H & S legislations and other requirements to which we subscribe
  • Set objectives and targets that result in continual improvement of our health & safety management & performance
  • Encourage employee involvement through feedback and consultation. Provide training, both generic and role-risk specific, to help improve health and safety performance.
  • Conduct periodic internal and independent reviews of conformance to health and safety management systems and performance.
  • Publish independently verified H&S data and certifications, including but not restricted to ambient and indoor air quality, water quality, noise pollution, and incident/injury data
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