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What is the total number of employees with indefinite or permanent contacts? 
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This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers part of the requirements of G4-10-a. This disclosure is broader than depicted within the metric description. It also asks for: relevant information related to the total number of employees by employment contract and gender (G4-10-a), number of permanent employees by employment type and gender (G4-10-b), workforce by employees and supervised workers and by gender (G4-10-c), workforce by region and gender (G4-10-d), portion of the organization’s work is performed by workers who are legally recognized as self-employed, or by individuals other than employees or supervised workers(G4-10-e), and variations in employment numbers(G4-10-f).

An employment contract as recognized under national law or practice that may be written, verbal, or implicit (that is, when all the characteristics of employment are present but without a written or witnessed verbal contract).
An 'indefinite or permanent employment contract' is a contract with an employee for full-time or part time work for an indeterminate period.
A 'fixed term or temporary employment contract' is an employment contract as defined above that ends when a specific time period expires, or when a specifictask that has a time estimate attached is completed. A temporary employment contract is of limited duration andterminated by a specific event, including the end of a project or work phase or return of replaced personnel.

The size of a workforce provides insight into the scale of impacts created by labor issues. Breaking down the workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region (region refers to ‘country’ or ‘geographical area’) demonstrates how the organization structures its human resources to implement its overall strategy. It also provides insight into the organization’s business model, and offers an indication of job stability and the level of benefits the organization offers. Breaking down this data by gender enables an understanding of gender representation across an organization, and of the optimal use of available labor and talent.


This metric is looking for the total number of employees with permanent contracts:

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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate the total number of employees as part of -G4-10-a:

  • Identify the contract type of employees based on the definitions under the national laws.

  • Report the total number of employees with indefinite or permanent contacts.

Unless there has been a material change in the reporting period, numbers as at the end of the reporting period are used.