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Factsheet for case PL-2020-12/1777 – measures in Poland

E.Wedel: Crisis team for safe production

Sztab kryzysowy w Wedlu

Country Poland , applies locally

    • – PL911 Miasto Warszawa
Time period Open ended, started on 16 March 2020
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Case created 12 February 2021 (updated 19 February 2021)

Background information

E.Wedel is a Polish confectionery company producing a variety of chocolates, cakes and snacks. The company has been operating since 1851. Since 2010, the company has been part of Lotte Group, a South Korean-Japanese conglomerate. Currently, the company employs about 1,300 people at a factory located in Warsaw. To maintain continuous operation in the context of the COVID-19 sanitary restrictions, the company has established a special crisis team to implement health and sanitary measures.

Content of measure

The crisis team supports the management in the implementation of changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially health and safety issues. The team is also responsible for communication with the staff. Wedel's primary goals are to keep continuous, safe recruitment process and production operations, and to protect employees’ health. Under the new health and safety measures, the company has developed and implemented the following mechanisms:

  • recruitment process, trainings and meetings are held remotely;
  • the company has developed different scenarios to react on different situations accordingly;
  • only the permanent team is involved in the production (temporary workers are not involved); the access to the units by the outsiders is as limited as possible; office staff works from home;
  • strict zone divisions in the production departments and team rotation scheme to reduce contacts between teams; keeping social distance;
  • additional transport for employees;
  • operating according to the sanitary requirements and instructions of the Ministry of Health and the Main Sanitary Inspectorate;
  • transparent, regular and two-way communication, including Q&A sessions and e-platform;
  • Psychological Consultation Hotline to provide psychological support;
  • trainings on effective remote work and related issues;
  • supporting employees’ engagement in volunteering actions addressed, among others, to medical staff and NGOs.

Use of measure

All E.Wedel departments and employees.

Contents

  • Health and safety
  • Work organisation

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Employer

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

Not available.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 19 May 2020: Koronawirus zmienił pracę w Wedlu. Gotowi na różne scenariusze, także negatywn (www.pulshr.pl)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), E.Wedel: Crisis team for safe production, case PL-2020-12/1777 (measures in Poland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.