01 IMPROVE SELL

Respect and protect the environment

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Our Sustainability improvement objectives

  • Invest in research and development to support and harness product innovation and quality within our businesses, to help their customers deliver on their commercial and environmental goals and to help find effective solutions to assist them in combatting climate change.
  • Drive divisional management teams to improve their operational, resource and energy efficiency to minimise the impact of their businesses’ operations on the environment, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water usage.

UN SDG

SDG 07
SDG 09
SDG 13

02 BUY IMPROVE SELL

Promote diversity and prioritise and nurture the wellbeing and skills development of employees and the communities that they are part of

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Our Sustainability improvement objectives

  • Drive our businesses to ensure the highest standards of health and safety for their people, as well as the protection of human rights, and encourage positive contributions to the communities in which they operate.
  • Implement effective policies and procedures, supported by local management accountability and a culture of strong awareness, training and investment in employees, to drive health and safety best practice.
  • Ensure the pension schemes that we inherit are managed prudently and effectively for both employees and retirees, and where relevant seek to create better-funded schemes with more prudent targets under our stewardship.
  • Promote inclusion and diversity at all levels.
  • Promote fair employment and skills development.
  • Ensure that our people have a voice and can inform executive decisions.

UN SDG

SDG 03
SDG 05
SDG 08

03 IMPROVE SELL

Exercise robust governance, risk management and compliance

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Our Sustainability improvement objectives

  • Direct, oversee and challenge divisional management teams in implementing and enforcing effective compliance policies and business practices.
  • Ensure each division conducts business with integrity and in a responsible, ethical and sustainable manner.
  • Ensure the highest standards of product safety, and encourage our businesses to protect the ultimate wellbeing of their end-users by adhering to market standards and best practice.
  • Respect labour and human rights and support our businesses’ suppliers to respect these principles throughout their supply chains.
  • Protect information security and data privacy.
  • Carry out prudent and responsible financial and tax planning and management and pay tax responsibly when due.
  • Maintain sensible and sustainable leverage to support investment.

UN SDG

SDG 08

04 BUY IMPROVE SELL

Purposefully engage with key stakeholders to better understand and deliver on their expectations

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Our Sustainability improvement objectives

  • Engage where appropriate in regular, constructive dialogue with a variety of key stakeholders at each stage of our “Buy, Improve, Sell” cycle, and encourage and empower our businesses to do the same. 
  • Maintain an informed focus on delivering improved returns for shareholders whilst also meeting best practice for sustainability performance, that is attuned to their expectations and concerns.

UN SDG

SDG 08