Responsible Business

We believe in doing business responsibly, the right way every day. Behaving ethically. Working safely. Reducing environmental impacts. Developing and engaging our people. Contributing to our communities. Being responsible and improving our world is simply fundamental to what we do at Smiths.
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Our Net Zero 2040 Commitment

Throughout our history, our dedication to quality has meant we’ve used resources wisely by creating products that last. And we’ve had robust performance targets in place to help minimise our impacts on the environment since 2007.

We’re proud to have committed to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions from operations by 2040. We’ll achieve this by focusing on five broad areas: buying renewable energy in our operations; adopting on-site renewable energy where practical; continuing to increase energy efficiency at our sites; pursuing new technology to sustainably heat our buildings; and converting to a greener vehicle fleet.

And we’ll continue to identify opportunities to minimise any other environmental impacts across our global business.

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Responsible Business Report
Nurturing the resources on which we depend and building strong and positive relationships are fundamental aspects of our purpose, culture and strategy. They set us apart, enabling us to create unique technologies that are improving our world and drive the long-term sustainability and resilience of Smiths.
Environment

We're committed to using energy and natural resources efficiently and reducing our emissions. Our aim is to minimise any adverse effects our activities, products and services may have on the environment and, through our products and services, to help our customers do the same.

We monitor energy and water usage, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions across all our sites – and we have recorded improvements against all of our performance targets since FY2007. We’ve achieved a 60% reduction in GHG emissions across our business in that time, normalised to revenue.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is our top priority. Wherever we operate, we aim to create injury-free workplaces for both our people and anyone visiting our facilities. We do this by implementing site and Group-wide activities to improve our safety culture, behaviours and residual risk.

We encourage all colleagues to take personal responsibility for working safely and we look for feedback and their ideas on how to improve. In FY2021 we achieved a recordable injury rate of 0.38 injuries per 100 people and are tracking significantly below comparable industry metrics. But even one injury is too many. We want to make Smiths an even safer place to work.

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Ethics and Compliance

Being ethical is about applying our Smiths Way values to our behaviour, actions and decisions every day. Our values are at the heart of what it means to be Smiths and underpin our ethics and compliance approach.

We're committed to upholding high ethical standards wherever we operate around the world and every one of us is guided by the Smiths Code of Business Ethics.

Our communities

We aim to contribute positively to the communities in which we operate. That involves providing employment opportunities and playing a beneficial role in local economies, as well as community involvement through charitable giving and education initiatives.

Our charitable giving is allocated to registered charities and non-profit organisations that have connections to the industries we operate in. Our contributions aim to enhance the well-being of people through improved education, health and welfare or environment.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Smiths success depends on the diverse perspectives our teams bring to work every day. Our workplace respects, values and supports each individual for their diversity. By embracing our differences, we will attract, retain, and inspire a highly engaged workforce and be better prepared to outperform our competitors.

Guided by the Smiths Way and our core value of Respect, diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, but necessary for our organisation to be more innovative, drive employee engagement and help our employees feel they belong at Smiths.

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Covid-19 Response

Our Smiths Way of working and our values underpin everything we do. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic we defined three key priorities the safety of our people, keep our business running and deliver for our customers.

Thanks to the dedication and expertise of our people, we have proved the strength and resilience of Smiths despite the challenges that COVID-19 presents. We are especially grateful to our frontline workers who have worked tirelessly to keep themselves and others safe as they create, distribute and support our products, and deliver for our customers.