Apparently realizing that cities so polluted they give eight year olds lung cancer are probably not the most alluring places to work, Coca-Cola will offer ‘smog hazard pay’ to China-based expat employees as incentive to stay. Financial review reports:
The allowance, which was introduced “recently”, is believed to be 15 per cent on top of an employee’s base salary. A company spokeswoman confirmed the introduction of a wage premium to The Australian Financial Review, but declined to comment on the amount.
“Our competitive mobility package includes an environmental allowance for postings to China,” she said in an emailed statement. Coca-Cola said it was introduced “recently” but would not disclose how many employees stood to benefit from the extra pay.
And Coke’s not the first:
Australian architectural firm Hassell provides its staff in China with face masks to travel to and from work. It also changes its air filters every week during periods of heavy pollution.
“In Australia, you might do that every year,” said Peter Duncan, Hassell’s managing director for Asia, who is based in Shanghai.
Japanese electronics firm Panasonic started in April paying its expatriate staff in China “hazard pay” to compensate them for the dangerous air quality. At the time it was believed to be the first major global corporation to do so.