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CSR is an attitude, not a policy says Megarme

CSR exists because of duty to workforce not dangers of job

Megarme, head of business development, Daniel Gill.
Megarme, head of business development, Daniel Gill.

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Megarme’s CSR policy is active in all aspects of the company’s day to day business, but not because people are hanging of ropes at tremendous heights, as you might imagine.

In an exclusive interview with fmME, head of business development, explained that CSR was something that the company did out of desire for employee well-being, as opposed to work-related dangers.

“Ultimately, a happy workforce is a productive workforce and a safe workforce because of the things you are doing for them. They’re happy to go out there and work and they want to go out there and work,” said Gill.

In fact, Gill insists there are more dangers from general day to day activities than hanging off one of Megarme’s ropes.

“Rope access is a very specialised industry, but it’s far from dangerous when done properly. Statistically there are probably 3000 people driving down Sheikh Zayed Road compared with 300 people hanging off a rope at any one time. Even if you take the economies of scale into consideration, it is statistically safer to be hanging off one of Megarme’s ropes than it is to be driving down Sheikh Zayed Road, and that’s the absolute truth. And people drive up and down Sheikh Zayed Road without batting an eyelid, but would they get out and climb a rope? I don’t think so!"

Gill did however believe a CSR policy was a crucial factor in a happy workforce but it doesn’t necessarily have to be something in print.

“It’s something that directly affects the bottom line of a company; whether internally through productivity of workers or externally of social view of company and how they are positioned.

“It’s the attitude and the environment created to give them an element of comfort and for them to want to come to work and enjoy coming to work. The responsibilities an organisation chooses to take on need to be about wanting to do it as opposed to having to do it."

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