We are committed to contributing to economic, social and environmental sustainability, both locally and globally. The Directors acknowledge that this involves balancing the interests of shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the wider communities in which our business operates.
A forward thinking approach to health and safety, the environment, responsible business and employee engagement is of paramount importance and we endeavour to continuously improve our systems to maintain our excellent record.
We are committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our employees and contractors. All employees are encouraged to take an active role in ensuring that our working environment is a safe place to work and visit by reporting all safety observations, being involved in safety audits, assessments and regular training sessions.
During the year, monthly global H&S meetings are held where information, knowledge and ideas are shared to implement best practice across our sites and create positive safety attitudes. In addition, our management teams put considerable focus on potential hazard reporting, to ensure the appropriate action is taken before they can cause an incident or an accident.
We are committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment and this is reflected in the beliefs of our employees.
Our staff actively engage in waste material separation with focus on the re-use, where possible, and recycling of paper, metal, plastic, cardboard and used products. Employees attend environmental presentations on our energy efficiency, during which all employees are encouraged to make suggestions to improve our energy efficiency.
In addition, we monitor our electricity, gas and water usage frequently to establish progress against our annual targets. We aim, where possible, to make improvements to reduce energy consumption and to reduce waste going to landfill.
With evolving environmental legislation within Europe and the USA, we ensure compliance through regular environmental updates from our membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Our UK operations also conform to ISO14001:2015, which reinforces how we manage our environmental responsibilities.
Some of the highlights during the year, which supports the reduction of energy usage and increased commitment to recycling were:
Albinea operated using 100% green energy
Cadillac have reduced their energy usage through a compressed workweek, this has also reduced employee travel by approximately 20%
the replacement of outdated air conditioning units at Melksham and Cadillac with higher efficiency units
Melksham has managed to secure an agreement with Grist recycling that ensures our rubber waste is now classed as recovered waste and will be used as fuel in a local power plant
the introduction of dried mixed recycling bins at our Melksham facility to increase our recycling obligation
we continue to install low energy consumption LED lighting across our sites
Albinea have started the collection and recycling of bottle caps
There have been no external environmental incidents or concerns throughout the 2018 financial year at any of our locations.
The Companies Act 2006 Regulations 2013 require quoted companies to include within their annual report details of greenhouse gas emissions for which they are responsible and other environmental matters for which key performance indicators are selected.
We have employees in each of our facilities who are responsible for collecting and acting on the data.
The collected data allows the organisation to monitor and examine carbon emission trends.
The chart below (left) illustrates the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions in tonnes, between 2015 and 2018. The chart below (right) illustrates the Group’s emissions intensity per £million of revenue between 2015 and 2018. A number of factors have contributed to the Group’s energy performance during the year including reduction in electricity and energy use due to management activities. For example changing to LEDs throughout the Melksham facility has saved 343,700Kwh per year on lighting.
With revenue for the year at £165.5 million and the total emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent to 4,906 tonnes, this gives an intensity ratio as follows of 30 tonnes GHG per £million revenue.
Our Code of Conduct (‘the Code’) sets out the values and standards of behaviour expected from all those working for or on behalf of Avon Rubber and the 2018 version is available on the Group’s website. The Code requires all representatives of the Group to comply with the laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate. It also contains guidance on avoiding conflicts of interest, confidentiality, adherence to export controls, our approach to gifts and hospitality, bribery and corruption and managing relationships with third parties.
We encourage everyone to report any behaviour, which may be a breach of the Code, or is unethical or illegal.
We implement and enforce effective systems to uphold our zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. To ensure we only work with third parties whose standards are consistent with our own, all agents and third parties who act on behalf of the Group are obliged by written agreement to comply with the standards set out in the Code. In addition, a programme of supplier audits exists to ensure suppliers adhere to our standards.
We are fully committed to respecting the human rights of all those working with or for us. We do not accept any form of child or forced labour and we will not do business with anyone who fails to uphold these standards.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to acting with integrity in all business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective measures to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in the business or its supply chains. Our Modern Slavery Act statement is available on our website for further details.
Our success depends on our people. The Group aims to support all employees to develop their potential and we are committed to recognising, encouraging and nurturing talent across our business.
We are committed to providing a working environment where everyone feels respected and valued and we pursue equality of opportunity in all employment practices, policies and procedures regardless of race, nationality, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and religious or political beliefs. A formal Board Diversity Policy is in place, setting out our approach to diversity. A copy can be found in the corporate governance section of our website.
The gender of our staff at 30 September 2018 is illustrated below.
Understanding and acting on the concerns of our employees is the key to our future and we encourage active engagement across our sites throughout the year.
Great Place to Work is a framework that gives every employee an opportunity to contribute towards a culture that truly does make Avon Rubber a great place to work. The framework comprises five key areas: Recognition, Communication, Wellbeing, Community and Training and Development.
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