Excellent human resources are the cornerstone of a company’s sustainable operation and the key to the pursuit of excellence. In addition to being committed to creating the company value in the global industry and society, PharmaEssentia also strives to be a human-oriented company and actively implements employee care in the aspects of work, life, and health. We not only build a healthy and friendly workplace environment, but we also provide comprehensive benefit schemes and competitive salaries. We also attach great importance to diversity and inclusiveness. The Company not only has an equivalent number of male and female employees, but also strives to achieve internal equity and external competitiveness in the overall salary structure planning, which is linked to performance to motivate outstanding employees. Through the aforementioned initiatives, we attract and form a high-quality professional team with professionals in the field of biotechnology and experts who are interested in participating in the international and world-class biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry, work hard together and move forward with all employees. In order to cultivate professional talents that meet the Company’s needs, through global business expansion and learning from international partners, the Company provides staff training courses and abundant and diversified learning resources based on its vision and strategic goals, to ultimately enhance employee development and corporate competitiveness. Regarding the occupational health and safety of employees, we hold relevant trainings and emergency response drills on a regular basis. For employees responsible for specified operation, the Company has organized a Special Hazard Health Examinations and Exceptional Workload Risk Assessment to follow up on their health condition. From 2014 to 2019, the Company has reached over 730,000 accumulated disaster-free working hours, showing that the Company has successfully created a safe, healthy, and happy workplace environment for our employees.
PharmaEssentia recruits professionals in the field of biotechnology and medicine, in accordance with the employment regulations and international standards applicable to all operating locations. With our strategic policies of Globalizing our operations, and localizing our talent acquisition, we have established operating locations in the United States, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and South Korea and recruited employees of diverse nationalities to form an international workplace. The talents at our headquarters account for 90% and overseas subsidiaries account for 10% for all employees world-wide. At the end of 2019, the total number of employees at our headquarters was 193, with full-time employees accounting for 99%, and the number of female and male employees was equivalent. More than 40% of the employees have been employed for more than 5 years at the Company, and about 70% of the employees hold a master’s degree or above. The overall employee quality is good, and the HR structure is healthy and stable. This is also a strong driving force for the Company in the R&D of new drugs.
PharmaEssentia’s recruitment focuses on the candidates’ expertise, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, party affiliation, hometown, marriage, appearance, physical and mental disabilities, and does not discriminate by any means. The Company abides by the regulations regarding the Labor Standard Act and the Company’s ethical related policies. We uphold the spirit of non-discrimination and fair treatment and continue to invest in talent recruiting with profound experience. The Company expects through industry-academia cooperation programs and government talent cultivation program, the stabilization of internal talents and the addition of new hires can continue to bring in innovation and motivation for the Company.
PharmaEssentia is equal towards all employees, and the overall salary does not vary due to differences in gender, religion, race, nationality, or party affiliation. We are committed to providing competitive and fair salary to attract and retain outstanding talents, and the salaries of male and female employees are equivalent.
In order to fulfill its corporate social responsibility and to protect the basic human rights of all employees, PharmaEssentia strictly abides by the labor-related laws and regulations in the operating locations around the world to protect the legal rights and interests of employees. The Company also supports the human rights protections and basic principles outlined in international covenants such as the United Nations Global Compact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. This fully reflects that the Company is responsible for the respect and protection of human rights, that it treats all employees, including contracted personnel and interns, etc., with dignity and respect. There are no incidents of forced labor, child labor or discrimination in any form. For more details on the Company’s Human Right Policy, please refer to the Company’s official website.
PharmaEssentia values the opinions and ideas of employees and is committed to providing open and transparent communication channels. We have employee suggestion boxes, regular labor-management meetings and Employee Welfare Committee meetings, etc. All employees can express the problems they come across in their working environment through various channels. In addition to providing different communication resources and assistance in a timely manner, the Company has long-term plans to establish regular meetings to facilitate effective communication within the departments in aim to implement and promote Company policies and various systems. We have set up the Grievance channels for stakeholders regarding the employees’ violation of code of ethics on our official website for the reports and complaints of external personnel. Each grievance case will be forwarded by the accepting unit to the authority responsible for the issue to handle with the communication with employees based on the content of the issue. The issues and results of these cases are kept by the Audit Office to ensure reasonable compliance. In 2019, the Company did not receive any grievances incidents or sexual harassment complaints related reports. Moreover, labor-management meetings are also held regularly. The Taipei head office and the Taichung manufacturing plant both held 4 meetings each.
Talent is an important asset of the Company and a key factor in determining the Company’s competitiveness. PharmaEssentia has always attached great importance to the growth, training, and development of employees, integrating talents’ characteristics and organizational strategy development trend based on the talents’ core competencies. Through substantial on-the-job training, diverse learning channels, and assigning of employees with outstanding performance and development potential to go on short-term overseas training or meetings, the Company enables every employee to continuously enrich and acquire new knowledge at work and stimulates their inner potential. On the one hand, the Company enhances human capital and enables the effective use of manpower to achieve the Company’s business goals. On the other hand, it assists employees to deepen their competence in professional fields or improve their management competence, to continue to grow, and to develop in their careers. This is expected to create a win-win situation.
In order to ensure the safety and health of employees, the protection of the environment and disaster prevention, PharmaEssentia has promoted the concept of safety and health among all employees, and formulated the Company’s environmental protection and safety and health policies with the corporate’s goal of sustainable development. For more details on the Company’s Environmental, Health and Safety Policy, please refer to the Company’s official website. The Goal 3 “Good Health and Well-being” of the 17 UN SDGs also includes the concept of occupational health and safety. This shows that good occupational health and safety management are the keys to the sustainable operation of global enterprises.
In order to respond to various emergencies and for the prevention of industrial safety incidents, the Company has formulated the General Guidance on Occupational Safety and Health Management and Procedures for Emergency Responses to ensure environmental safety and employees’ health. Our employees receive regular safety and health on-the-job education and trainings.
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