GWO members say the value created by WINDA for safety and workforce productivity far outweigh the costs of the system
GWO is reminding stakeholders of important changes to the way it charges users of its database, WINDA.
In keeping with its non-profit principles, GWO is changing the calculation of WINDA fees from 1st January 2020 on a country by country basis against the United Nations Human Development Index. Globally leading wind energy companies collaborate through GWO to ensure a safer working environment for workers everywhere and their collective intention is to support increased use of GWO standard safety training in as many regions they can. The HDI-aligned fee is one method designed to support this goal.
Currently, around 10% of GWO standard training is delivered outside Europe and the new WINDA fee structure provides an objective measurement for a globally standardised product. All income generated is reinvested by members in GWO to manage operations and pursue their mission of creating an injury-free working environment.
Eloy Jauregui, Chairman of Global Wind Organisation explained: "As the industry's main employers, GWO members are committed to creating an injury free working environment. WINDA's value to the industry and our goal of creating universal worker safety far outweighs the costs to end users. Aligning our fee to the UN HDI is an appropriate step forward that will help GWO continue this mission."
The WINDA credit fee represents a modest share of total cost of training.
Members of GWO have shown that GWO standardised basic safety training, not only increases safety performance, but also unlocks substantial savings in avoided duplicated training and travel plus the value of additional productive days.
The continued growth in registered users in WINDA - and in uploaded training records – has enabled GWO to reduce WINDA fees from 2020 in line with our non-profit commitment.
Starting January 1st 2020, the WINDA fee going forward will be adjusted according to the latest available United Nations Human Development Index (€10 multiplied by HDI-score).
Credits continue to be purchased online and in advance. The 4% discount for large advance credit purchases will no longer apply.
Given our expectations of increased global adoption of GWO, the new and reduced fee as of 1 January 2020 will allow GWO to maintain its focus areas going into the next decade while remaining true to its non profit principles. Targets include new measures for quality assurance of the expanding training provider network, and global projects to improve and align the entire portfolio of training standards against regional and national regulation, standards and best practices.
Leadership from GWO members ensures development towards a safer working environment in the global wind industry
The HDI was created to emphasise that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. The HDI can also be used to question national policy choices, asking how two countries with the same level of GNI per capita can end up with different human development outcomes. These contrasts can stimulate debate about government policy priorities.
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions.
The health dimension is assessed by life expectancy at birth, the education dimension is measured by mean of years of schooling for adults aged 25 years and more and expected years of schooling for children of school entering age. The standard of living dimension is measured by gross national income per capita. The HDI uses the logarithm of income, to reflect the diminishing importance of income with increasing GNI. The scores for the three HDI dimension indices are then aggregated into a composite index using geometric mean. Refer to Technical notes for more details.
The HDI simplifies and captures only part of what human development entails. It does not reflect on inequalities, poverty, human security, empowerment, etc. The HDRO offers the other composite indices as broader proxy on some of the key issues of human development, inequality, gender disparity and poverty.
For more information, visit The UN Human Development Programme web site
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