Fujitsu offers its 3,600 employees and contractors paid leave for their COVID-19 vaccinations in Australia and New Zealand
- Fujitsu is offering its 3,600 employees and through their employers, its contractors in Australia and New Zealand up to one day of paid leave to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
- This program is extensive as it not only incorporates Fujitsu’s employees but also extends to its contractors.
- Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO, Graeme Beardsell, says that corporates in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) are in an ideal position to support the community in achieving higher levels of vaccination across ANZ.
Sydney, August 9, 2021 - Fujitsu today announced it will offer its 3,600 employees and contractors in Australia and New Zealand up to half a day of additional paid leave to receive each COVID-19 vaccination and/or support an immediate family member with vaccination. As two doses of the vaccine are required, fully vaccinated employees and contractors can receive up to one day of paid leave in total upon completion of the two COVID-19 vaccinations. Any vaccination is to be undertaken on the advice of a health practitioner. This program is extensive as it not only incorporates Fujitsu’s employees but also extends through the cooperation of its external agencies to those contractors engaged by Fujitsu.
Graeme Beardsell, Chief Executive Officer, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said, “This initiative will support our employees and contractors in prioritising their health and that of our community. I believe that large employers must take some responsibility for supporting vaccination efforts and help advance our vaccination rollout. The ongoing economic and social disruption caused by COVID-19 needs to be halted as quickly as possible and corporate Australia and New Zealand are in a strong position to support public policy in this ongoing health and economic crisis.”
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, currently less than 23 per cent of the Australian population is fully vaccinated1. Similarly, in New Zealand, less than 16 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated2. Fujitsu will play its role in increasing these numbers by offering all staff paid time off to receive their two COVID-19 vaccinations.
Graeme Beardsell said, “By offering employees and contractors flexibility in their schedule and, in the case of employees, not requiring them to use their annual or sick leave to receive vaccinations, Fujitsu is demonstrating our commitment to their health and wellbeing. COVID-19 is not only causing physical symptoms; the mental and economic stress created by the pandemic also can’t be overlooked. Organisations that are committed to their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing should play their part in helping address the challenge of COVID-19, by making it as easy as possible for staff who are eligible and want to get vaccinated to do so.”
Fujitsu’s corporate purpose is to “make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation”. A key pillar of this is a commitment to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. This vaccine support program meets United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages. Importantly, it may also play a role in reducing the number of lockdowns and business disruption in the future.
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Fujitsu’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 represent a set of common goals to be achieved worldwide by 2030. Fujitsu’s purpose — “to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation” — is a promise to contribute to the vision of a better future empowered by the SDGs.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com/au.
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