French multinational electric utility ENGIE has signed a declaration with the European Works Council to have 100% of its employees connected with digital applications within 2 years.
The declaration was signed by Isabelle Kocher, the CEO of ENGIE, and Robert Textoris, the CEO of the European Works Council.
The declaration reflects ENGIE’s commitment to anticipating and supporting the economic, social and organisational changes resulting from the development of digital technologies.
In line with a study conducted by the European Works Council, ENGIE has committed to:
1. Maintaining and developing skills and training in digital applications
Each digital project will be assessed for its impact in terms of jobs and skills.
2. Supporting changing work patterns
ENGIE will assess the impacts of new digital tools such as teleworking on the way in which work is structured and for collective, individual and managerial relationships.
3. Confirming the importance of quality of life at work
Changes related to new technologies will be taken into account in the implementation of the Quality of Life at Work policy at all levels of the Group’s structure, especially in terms of work-life balance.
4. Respecting individual freedoms
Digital applications must be deployed in strict compliance with individual freedoms and European and national regulations on the protection of personal data.
5. IT security and protecting intangible assets
Employees must be made aware of risks associated with new technologies and contribute to the implementation of the protective measures defined by management.
6. Social dialogue in relation to digital transformation projects
Since 2016, ENGIE has put the energy transition at the core of its strategy by leveraging digital technologies.
Pierre Deheunynck, ENGIE’s Executive Vice President, said: "To become a leader in the zero-carbon transition, ENGIE has introduced digital technologies on a massive scale across its processes, energy production, big data and the Internet of things. This has helped us to become more innovative, to develop renewables and to improve the ways in which energy is used.
"The role that digital technologies play through the impact that they have on our work patterns, therefore, makes it a vital issue for a social dialogue appropriate for the 21st-century. The joint declaration that we are signing today with our European social partners creates a fully-fledged social dialogue roadmap for the Group and all of its entities as regards digital technologies. It will enable our 170,000 employees to make better use of digital tools and do so with confidence, while the Group will be able to continue to move forward.”