Fairness and Concern for Employees

The Westport Fuel Systems team is a highly competent and experienced global team of engineers, manufacturing technicians, and business leaders with expertise in alternative fuel systems, combustion technologies, cryogenics, fuel storage and delivery systems. They are leaders in their respective professional and commercial fields. A high degree of employee engagement and our commitment to our shared values remains essential to our business success.

Our Global Workforce

As of December 31, 2019 our workforce worldwide was 1,289 individuals, which includes direct employees and individuals employed through third party agencies or contracts.[4] This is compared to a previous year total workforce of 1,249. The table summarizes our total global workforce, including new hire and turnover rates.

Table 10: Total Global Workforce Including New Hire Rate and Voluntary Turnover Rate for 2019 Ended December 31 (Unaudited)

  North America Latin America Europe Asia Pacific Global Total
Total Employees at Dec 31, 2019 210 92 928 59 1,289
New Employee Hires 24 11 143 7 185
New Employee Hire Rate[5] 6.61% 11.64% 11.01% 7.91% 14.58%
Voluntary Turnover Rate[6] 6.34% 0.00% 2.46% 3.39% 4.57%

Labour Relations

We strive to develop constructive and stable relationships with our employees and the organizations that represent them, and to negotiate the terms of our agreements in good faith. Of our total workforce the regions represented by labour unions are in Italy, Sweden and Argentina.

[4] Total workforce of 1,289 differs from the previously reported total global workforce in the 2019 Annual Information Form due to a previously incorrect classification of some workers, who should be considered part of our workforce count.
[5] Calculated as number of employees hired divided by average of beginning and end of year headcount.
[6] Calculated as number of employees with voluntary resignation divided by average of beginning and end of year headcount.

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Workplace Diversity

We recognize the value in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce of talent with varying skills, experiences and viewpoints. Diversity and inclusion enriches discussion and debate and facilitates a broader exchange of perspectives, which in turn, will enable innovation, enhance balanced decision making and improve business performance leading to greater organizational strength. Diversity drives our innovation.

Our global Diversity Policy was published in July 2019 and formalizes the Company’s position on diversity and to set out the guidelines by which we will endeavor to promote diversity and inclusion. A more diverse organization will better reflect our global relationships with customers, employees, shareholders, business partners, and other stakeholders and supports sustainability and social responsibility objectives. A copy of the Diversity Policy can be found on our website at https://wfsinc.com/investors/corporate-governance/.

The image below outlines our gender diversity across the organization, including a table summary of gender diversity at the management level. We are proud to have increased the gender balance of our Board year over year and between now and the next issuance of our report will investigate areas where our diversity, including beyond only gender, can be enhanced to reflect the diverse and inclusive organization we strive to be.

Figure 3: Gender Diversity Across the Global Workforce by Region (Unaudited)

Figure 3: Gender Diversity Across the Global Workforce by Region (Unaudited)

Table 11: Summary of Management Gender Diversity (Unaudited)

Gender Diversity of Management    
As of December 31, 2018 18% 82%
As of December 31, 2019 17% 83%
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Global Training and Development

A key element of our success is our ability to attract, retain and develop a skilled team. Our business requires a broad range of technical, operational, financial, and marketing skills as well as appropriate industry experience from new product development, to operations, to new business development. The Company needs to attract, develop, and retain innovative and strategic thinkers who have an entrepreneurial spirit and customer first focus. This rare combination of skills, experience, and competency will require us to continue to retain our employees, deliver on leadership development, manage succession planning and strengthen our global recruitment ability.

In 2019, key training initiatives focused on the following topics:

  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption (global),
  • Code of Conduct (global),
  • Cybersecurity (global),
  • Global Privacy, including General Data Protection Regulation (region specific),
  • English Language Lessons (site specific), and
  • Health & Safety (site specific).

Including both in-person and online training mediums with total global hours of training in 2019 of 21,584; this amounts to an approximate average of 17 hours per employee.

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Health and Safety

Westport Fuel Systems is committed to an operating philosophy based on fairness and concern for employees, customers and the communities in which it operates. The health and safety of our employees and their active participation in ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is an integral part of our operations. Our Joint Health and Safety Committee members are champions for workplace safety and help to monitor, collect feedback and advise on programs and initiatives. More than 96% of employees work in facilities with a formal joint management-employee health and safety committee. Our Committees are made up of cross-functional management and employee representatives who advise and recommend action on any workplace health and safety issues brought to them.

When gauging world-class safety performance, recordable injury rates and lost-time injury rates are statistical, comparative industry measures. The increase in our 2019 lost time injury rate has made us refocus our efforts and commitment to injury prevention, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance and continuous safety improvement. For example, we are taking steps to increase and sharpen our global health and safety reporting, increase visibility to risk areas and mitigation initiatives.

Recordable Injury and Lost Time Frequency

Table 12: Summary of Global Health and Safety Recordable Injury and Lost Time Injury Rates (Unaudited)

  2018 2019 Change
Number of Recordable Injuries[7] 17 15 -11.7%
Recordable Injury Rate per 100 Employees[8] 1.42 1.17 -17.6%
Number of Lost Time Injuries 3 11 +266%
Lost Time Injury Rate per 100 Employees [9] 0.25 0.86 +244%

[7] First aid classified injuries are not included.
[8] The recordable injury incident rate is the annualized rate of occupational injuries and illness per 100 employees. It is a calculation of the number of injuries / # of standard worked hours, annualized for 200,000 employee hours worked. First aid classified injuries are not included.
[9] The lost time injury rate is a calculation of the total number of lost time injuries / # of standard worked hours, annualized for 200,000 employee hours worked. Lost days refer to scheduled workdays and the count begins on the next scheduled work day immediately after the injury.

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Community Involvement

A community organization is one that supports work in the areas of health and human services, education, culture and the arts, civic and community engagement and the environment. Core to our values, we strive to ensure the way we do business has a positive impact on our people, the environment and the communities in which we work and live. 

Initiative Spotlight

Vancouver Employees Give Back to the Local Community

Our Vancouver location has a long history of partnering with United Way of the Lower Mainland (www.uwlm.ca), a local non-profit organization focused on building a healthy, caring, inclusive community. Their primary focus areas are helping kids and youth succeed, supporting healthy aging for seniors, and building healthy connected communities.

In 2019, the Vancouver team launched their annual United Way Campaign and raised over C$58,000. Since 2003, our cumulative United Way contributions exceed C$1.5 million.

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News Releases

September 23

Westport Fuel Systems Clarifies Statements Regarding the Chinese Certification of Weichai Westport’s WP12HPDI Natural Gas Engine

to clarify market news regarding its Weichai Westport Inc. joint venture and WWI's 12-liter engine equipped with the HPDI 2.0™ fuel system

September 18

Weichai Westport Secures Chinese Certification for WP12 Natural Gas Engine Powered by HPDI 2.0

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. today announced that its Weichai Westport Inc. joint venture has received certification from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China for its 12-liter engine equipped with the HPDI 2.0 fuel system

September 15

Westport Fuel Systems Combines Businesses to Better Serve Growing Indian Market

Transaction Provides Cost Efficiencies and Greater Product Choice for Customers

August 31

Westport Fuel Systems Awarded Key Electronics Supply Contract

Estimated revenue of US$58 million over seven-year period

August 11

Westport Fuel Systems Secures €7 Million Loan from Deutsche Bank

Further strengthens liquidity of Emer S.p.A in Brescia, Italy

Industry News

Published: July 17

Egypt launches ambitious strategy to shift from gasoline to natural-gas powered cars

Egypt has launched an ambitious plan to shift the primary fuel for vehicles in its jurisdiction from petrol and diesel to compressed natural gas.

Published: March 26

Coronavirus Economic Fallout May Boost NGVs as Alternative Transportation

Natural gas vehicles (NGV) may get a boost as power markets and renewable equipment production are seen as potential casualties.

Published: March 16

Europe Increasingly Turns to CNG, LNG

The statistics not only show continuously growing sales of CNG and especially liquefied natural gas fueled vehicles, but also the growth of corresponding fueling infrastructure.

Published: March 12

Finnish heavy-duty transport expert Simeon: ”Gas is energy of the future”

Simeon’s gas-powered Volvo is used to transport gas for partners. Stenberg is pleased with the new tractor unit.

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