40% employees from foreign countries
Like all companies in Malaysia, rapid economic growth means that Unisteel relies on foreign employees. 60% of the workforce comes from Malaysia, 25% from Nepal, 10% from Indonesia and 5% from other countries. Overall, specialists from ten different countries work at Unisteel Malaysia. This diversity ensures workforce stability, reduces training periods and boosts both productivity and flexibility. Having colleagues from multiple countries also reduces the company’s dependence on individual nations, which can be advantageous in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Member of the Responsible Business Alliance
Of course, this multitude of nationalities also poses some challenges. Unisteel continuously strives to create a discrimination-free environment and gears these efforts towards the principles of the Responsible Business Alliance. Employees are given many different opportunities to express themselves, report problems at an early stage and contribute new ideas.
In the interest of promoting social diversity and improving working conditions within the company, Unisteel not only implements an internal audit program for labor and human rights, but also conducts RBA self-assessments and RBA audits. Unisteel was just recently ranked with the “RBA SILVER” award in recognition of these efforts.
Unisteel Malaysia has set up a complaints mechanism for reporting misconduct, which can be triggered for incidents that take place both at the workplace and in the connected dormitory. Unisteel provides foreign workers with interpreters to overcome language barriers.