In 2017, our Suzhou plant had a total of 35 client and certification agency visits to audit social responsibility issues. We had a 100% feedback rate to their improvement items and completed 35 corporate social responsibility reviews. All Everlight's factories have passed SA8000 certification. In 2017, there were no cases of local government review due to concerns over human rights issues. During the report period, Everlight did not jeopardize the freedom of association nor endangered operating locations or suppliers under collective negotiation. In addition, the forced or compulsory labor cases, such as keeping IDs into custody requesting compulsory deposits and using termination of employment to threaten employees to involuntarily work overtime, did not occur.
Our employees are full-time and we have no part-time staff. In 2017, we had a total of 6,116 employee, a decrease of 65 people over 2016. In Taiwan, we have 447 foreign workers.
Employee Health Management
Outstanding talent is Everlight’s greatest asset. Only healthy employees can guarantee stable and sustained operations. Every year, Everlight regularly arranges free employee health checkups and conducts special health checks for those who are engaged in high-risk jobs. Health management is performed in accordance with the classification of health checks. Every year, the categories for health check are adjusted based on the analysis results from the employees over the past years and the popular epidemiology to best meet the health requirements of Everlight's employees. The Company also cooperates with Taiwan's government policies to conduct screening of four major cancers (colorectal, breast, cervical and oral). High-risk employees will be administered by the Company's specialized nurses. Professional doctors perform other follow-up interviews to continue monitoring.
Employee Occupational Safety
Everlight has formulated a health and safety inspection plan to prevent occupational accidents at the workplace. This plan includes regular inspections of health and safety related facilities, fire protection facilities, low-voltage electrical equipment, operations involving hazardous materials, desiccating equipment, and type II pressure vessels as well as spot inspections of operations involving organic solvents and regular and special inspections of vehicles. A safety related communication mechanism has been established for equipment suppliers and process equipment and facility locations of the company to alleviate potential risks associated with existing and new machinery. In addition to special inspections prior to routine operations and construction safety management in the field of engineering safety, the company implements operational controls regarding high risks and dangers. Everlight regularly conducts occupational injury prevention measures, such as chemicals leaking drills, fire and evacuation drills, fire knowledge promotion, fire report, and electrical appliance safety protection, to improve the responding speed of employees in emergency cases, reduce accidents, and enhance workplace safety protection.
Talent Cultivation and Development
Employees are the material human resource capital. The company consistently pursues the improvement of profession. In all major operation locations, employees will not be treated unfairly due to different genders and types. The company provides comprehensively planned education training to different employees, which allows them to improve knowledge and skills.
Talent training is the key link for the creation of core competitiveness in pursuit of the CSR goals and commitment to sustainable corporate operations. Everlight views talent cultivation and training as a key management indicator. The goal is to train professionals in the field of LED optics and other areas for the company and the whole country to enhance national competitiveness.
To continue improving the overall competitiveness of the Company, we organize a variety of training activities every year. In 2017, we conducted a total of 332,231 hours of training courses. On average, each regular staff received 56.4 hours of training. For managers, we added 8 sessions to the management courses compared to the total in 2016. On average, everyone received 68.2 hours of training. The average training hours of managers increased by 1.2 times over the previous year.
In addition to various courses on management, specialized skills and general knowledge, we seek to improve everyone's learning by conducting morning sessions on various systems and regulations after the morning exercise. In 2017, the number of topic sessions we held was 1.4 times more than what we had in 2016. Total training hours for employees in 2017 are as follows: