Social: Social Actions and Commitments
Employees at the Centre
At Sallaum Lines, we see our employees as the key to our success. As they continue their career journey with us, we constantly invest in their professional and personal development. By placing diversity and gender equality amongst the company’s core principles, we also look to ensure different training for our staff. As well as taking all necessary measures to ensure a healthy, safe, and harmonious working environment.
Team Diversity and Gender Equality
We have always been committed to creating a diverse workplace that accepts national, religious, and other differences while promoting gender equality. We have the vision to promote more women to senior and leadership positions in the upcoming years as we believe empowering hard-working women is pivotal. Our offices and agents are located on three continents and unite over 19 nationalities, with an approximately 50%/50% male and female employment ratio.
We strongly believe a diverse team results in more progressive business ideas. It also cultivates tolerance, creates a pleasant working environment, and adds value to our company – and the broader community. In addition, we actively promote and implement standards that recognise the importance of work-life balance and ensure all our employees are treated fairly and equally.
We love to see our employees thrive, therefore we ensure they have all the necessary tools that help them reach their career goals. Sallaum Lines constantly invests in employee education, training, and professional growth. Each employee gets five full days for a chosen training program every year. We encourage them to learn a new skill, develop knowledge, and broaden their professional horizons.
Our training guides are tailored to each department, updated every year and enhanced with data, analytics and practical knowledge shared by our senior professionals. In 2022, we plan to introduce annual staff workshops to create a more interactive working environment and motivate our employees to connect and grow their skills.
Finally, through the annual employee assessments, we measure their performance and productivity, resulting in promotions and awards for those with admirable results.
Health and Safety
Because health always comes first, we ensure that all our employees have health insurance. In addition, providing a safe workplace is of utmost importance at Sallaum Lines. This includes regular risk assessments and education about risks, consequences, and prevention.
Our Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
In May 2021, Sallaum Lines initiated a vaccination program against the COVID-19 virus for all our seafarers. We had a 100%-response, and by the end of 2021, all our seafarers received their initial vaccine doses (Pfizer, Sinopharm, Moderna, or Janssen). In addition, all our vessels and offices have been applying other COVID-19 measures that reduce the virus spread, such as social distancing and regular disinfection.
Sallaum Lines is committed to creating a balanced working environment and often organises engaging programs for our employees, such as cultural, educational, or fun activities. This approach is proven to increase team productivity while uplifting spirits and improving our work atmosphere. We care about the well-being of our employees, so there are no excessive working hours at SaIlaum Lines. Our HR team is always ready to listen and assist the employees with any issues.
We are fully aware of the challenges of the seafarer’s lifestyle, specifically, spending months onboard and in deep blue waters apart from their families and communities. We always try to make life on the ship better and slightly more manageable, and our efforts go beyond the minimum requirements proposed by the ILO MLC 2006 standard. We have high accommodation standards and promote onboard social life and interaction with diverse activities. Sallaum offices are in constant contact with the captain to communicate the crew’s needs and resolve any issues they might have.
Community and Public Welfare Contributions
In all countries where we operate, Sallaum Lines takes social responsibilities as a corporate citizen while contributing to and supporting organisations and people in need.
Sallaum Humanity Foundation
We founded our non-government foundation in 2018, Sallaum Humanity Foundation (SHF), with the primary goal of improving living conditions in local communities and providing equal opportunities for all. Sallaum Lines delivers the budget and the efforts of volunteers and sponsors worldwide. It also ensures that members of different underprivileged communities have access to primary education, essential healthcare services, and training in vocational skills.
Scholarships for Thousands of Students
We firmly believe that by investing in youth education, we help young people succeed and design their future of prosperity and health. In 2022, SHF provided financial aid and scholarships to 2,804 students. Our vision for 2023 is to build schools in the emerging countries of West Africa.
Poverty is unfortunately still one of humanity’s most significant challenges, and sometimes the best way to help is to provide concrete means for people in need. Providing multi-purpose financial support has been one of the main pillars of the Sallaum Humanity Foundation’s work in Lebanon. We have helped 8,584 Lebanese families by providing money to cover their basic life and business needs. Other programs include micro credits, development projects, and humanitarian aid.
Volunteering in Africa
The first objective was to address the issue of ocean waste in Benin and Nigeria, which poses significant environmental and health risks. By organizing clean-up activities, the volunteers aim to remove waste from the coastline, promoting a cleaner and healthier environment for local citizens.
The second objective focuses on improving access to fresh water
sources. Clean drinking water is essential for the well-being of communities, but some regions in Benin and Nigeria may lack access to safe water. For that matter, we have developed initiatives that involve building wells to ensure a more sustainable and reliable supply of fresh water.