Peru: Pro-bono legal assistance for employees
In November 2008, our Peruvian business, Backus, began a project to provide free legal advice to employees and those supplying services to Backus or one of the group’s companies. Under the scheme, which is aimed at the less well-off, a Backus lawyer is available for verbal consultation for four hours every 15 days.
The programme advances Backus’ vision of being the most admired company for its management model and ensures access to justice and legal advice for all group members, providing assistance mainly to employees who particularly need the service. It covers topics such as family rights, contracts, succession, taxation, banking debts and indemnification from accidents, though it stops short of providing formal legal representation.
40 employees used the service in 2009. Offered as an additional non-cash employee benefit, the initiative is promoted through the internal electronic communications bulletin and directly to co-workers.
Peroni brewery fire
On Friday 25 July 2008, a fire broke out at Peroni’s Bari brewery in southern Italy at 10.15am. Everyone on the premises was immediately evacuated and this potentially disastrous event was swiftly dealt with. Very soon after the start of the fire, an internal communication confirmed that all staff members were safe.
Disaster was averted by effective procedures and the prompt actions of the staff. The contribution of Bari employees was recognised when the restored areas were reopened. Part of the inauguration was a presentation of awards to allow the company to express its gratitude to its employees and the local community. Commemorative plaques were given to four employees who particularly distinguished themselves by their courageous response. The inauguration was timed to coincide with the Italy vs Ireland football match in Bari to which all 150 employees were invited.