SEAT and Harvard University are partnering on a new collaborative project. Professor and director of the Occupational Health programme Dr. Stefanos N. Kales, SEAT President Luca de Meo, and Human Resources Vice-president Xavier Ros, met to promote an alliance to carry out a joint research project at SEAT into occupational health and healthy nutrition related with the Mediterranean diet. In addition, this partnership will enable the future creation of a post-doctorate programme specialising in occupational medicine at SEAT under the supervision of professors from this prestigious university.
At the meeting, Dr. Kales pointed out that “partnering with SEAT is a wonderful opportunity to develop new lines of research and cooperation to analyse how to improve health, personal well-being and productivity at the same time”.
According to SEAT Vice-president for Human Resources Xavier Ros, “being able to partner with an institution as prestigious as Harvard is a unique opportunity for SEAT. We share the same goal of looking for new ways to promote the well-being of our more than 14,000 employees, so fostering research is essential”.
During his visit to the company, Dr. Kales also toured the SEAT factories, as well as the various medical services in the facilities.
SEAT is a Healthy Workplace
One of SEAT’s major priorities is the effective management of workers’ health. The company currently has a medical team of 31 health professionals who specialisein occupational medicine and nursing, cardiology and traumatology, for the company’s eight medical centres. These facilities perform roughly 12,000 medical examinations every year.
The company also has two internal ambulances and an emergency medical team 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition, by the end of this year the new CARS (Centro de Atención y Rehabilitación Sanitaria/Health Care and Rehabilitation Centre) is expected to open. This innovative centre will have an extension of 1,300 square metres and feature three areas of activity – healthcare, preventative medicine and rehabilitation.
Furthermore, this year SEAT was presented with the “Healthy Workplace” certification, making it the only company in the industry in Spain to hold this recognition. The certification, which is awarded by AENOR, is promoted internationally by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and takes into consideration a management system that fosters and protects health, safety and well-being in the workplace.
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 75 countries. In 2015, SEAT’s turnover amounted to over 8.3 billion euros, the highest in its history, and the company achieved worldwide sales of more than 400,000 units for the first time since 2007.
SEAT Group employs more than 14,000 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.
The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitisation process to promote the mobility of the future.