Diabetes, anemia, reproductive health, nutritional status, etc. These are all being screened by the Centre for Woman and Child Health as part of the complete health assessment they are conducting for our workers. We believe that healthcare should be affordable and accessible. With our clinic opening soon, we thought it would be useful for our workers to know how they are doing, and how we can help them.
The CWCH also runs a hospital in Ashulia, an area predominantly populated with factories. For information on the services they provide, please visit cwchbd.org
Health & Rights Awareness Outreach
Maya Apa, Bangladesh’s leading online health platform, is partnering with Olympic to provide answers to our workers’ SRHR questions. Maya’s aim is to help women, their families and their community so they are empowered and can enable themselves to take informed decisions in their lives. The Maya Apa team visited Olympic factories a dozen times to promote their free online service and provide medical consultations on the spot. They have also installed a kiosk in our factories’ medical centres so that workers without smartphones can easily access their services.
To learn more about Maya Apa’s groundbreaking work, please visit www.maya.com.bd
Nutrition is a key ingredient to health and productivity. We believe everyone should have access to safe and nutritious food, starting with learning about what constitutes good nutrition. In partnership with Change Associates, we provided 10 hours of training to Peer Educators, who successfully shared their knowledge with their colleagues.
To learn more about Change Associates’ training expertise, please visit www.change-bd.org
Supporting the Study of Sustainable Development
Olympic is proud to have supported the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh’s 2nd Annual Conference on Sustainable Development. Olympic’s Head of Sustainability, Marion Pellegrin, participated in a panel discussion on SDG 12: Sustainable Production and Consumption. In addition, Olympic offered biscuits to attendees throughout the conference.
When it comes to working conditions, we don’t mess around. While lack of compliance is still a major issue in Bangladesh, we are committed to providing a work environment which follows the Bangladesh Labour Act, as well as international standards.
The most important aspect to us is Occupational Health and Safety. We provide our workers with some of the safest and most hygienic facilities in Bangladesh. We provide clean drinking water, health assessments, medical care and insurance, fire safety equipment and training, as well as the many safety features of our factories.
As for employment conditions, we pay our workers a fair wage, grant them the leave they so greatly deserve, share 5% of our profits with them and pay for overtime as prescribed by the law. We do not, under any circumstance, employ workers under the age of 18. For more details on our working conditions, please read our Full Report [available soon].
Quality is our first priority. From raw materials to finished goods, we conduct tests at all stages for quality and safety. By using the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system, we can reduce the potential for error and keep track of our entire production process.
All our workers are trained to adopt Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which includes all forms of hygiene. In order to ensure that all our policies are respected and known to our consumers, we are ISO 22000 certified. In addition, SGS tests our products and audits our factories once a year, according to various standardized criteria.
The quality of our sustainability projects is also our top priority. We contracted a team of independent professionals to conduct a full assessment of our workers’ needs. Our projects are shaped and informed by the findings of this third-party study.
In the last few years, we have donated to various educational institutions and events in Bangladesh. These include debate competitions, graduation ceremonies and university events. We also fund an annual Energy Plus football tournament which is meant to encourage youth to partake in healthy, productive activities as a part of their daily lives. We also donate on a monthly basis to four madrassas and one primary school for the employment of Science, Mathematics and English teachers.