Environmental Standards

We care about the world around us. Our Environmental Standards are a critical part of our operations and culture of responsibility.

We take pride in maintaining the highest standards. We continually review our policies to ensure they are fit for purpose. And we regularly set new targets to drive performance.

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Energy

We have reduced energy use by 38% since FY2007. In the same period, we have also reduced total water use by 53% and non-recyclable waste by 63%.

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Water

With a focus on reducing total usage, we have tracked water usage since at least FY2007.

Most of the water used in Smiths is for civil purposes, while a small portion is used in production processes. From FY2013 to the end of FY2018, we achieved a 27% reduction in total usage normalised to sales.

In FY2019 we set goals in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to reduce usage in water stressed areas by an additional 5% by the end FY2021 and successfully achieved this goal. We are targeting a further 5% reduction over the next three years.

Thirteen Smiths locations are considered to be in water stressed areas, including regions of China & Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, India, and the Southwestern US.

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GREENHOUSE (GHG) EMISSIONS

We have tracked GHG emissions since at least FY2007.

We are targeting Net Zero emissions from operations by 2040.

Over the last three years we have achieved an 8% reduction normalised to sales and are targeting a further 5% reduction over the next three years.

Finally, we scored an B on our 2019 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) submission.

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Waste

We have tracked waste data since FY2007, with a focus on reducing non-recycled waste.

Starting in FY2019 we set a target to increase the percentage of waste recycled by 5% (from 66% to 71%). This was achieved in FY2021 despite challenges in the plastics recycling market. Our next three year target is for a 5% reduction in total waste.

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ISO14001

Our certified environment management system operates in accordance with ISO 14001.

All of our manufacturing and distribution facilities that operate with more than 50 full-time employees are covered by ISO 14001 certifications. These same facilities also have ISO45001 certifications for safety.

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Environmental compliance

We’re committed to meeting all applicable environmental regulations. We maintain a staff of health, safety, and environmental specialists to provide environmental support across our sites.

In addition, we have an external environmental compliance audit programme which targets sites on a rotating basis with approximately 15 sites audited each year.

We did not receive a single environmental compliance penalty/fine in FY2021.

We also did not receive any safety or health related penalties/fines in FY2021.

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Smiths products

All of our divisions participate in a regular Restricted Substance forum to ensure product compliance*, share best practice and drive alignment across our businesses.

Our divisions are responsible for their products and continued efforts to reduce product lifecycle impacts on the environment. By the end of FY2022 we will have implemented Design for Sustainability Assessments into the new product development process at all divisions.

* including Prop 65, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, etc.

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Biodiversity

We are committed to environmental protection and conservation of natural resources globally. This is clearly demonstrated in our Health, Safety and Environment Policy and our environmental emission reductions performance.

In alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we’re also committed to protecting natural biodiversity. As we value the diversity of our global team, so we value the biodiversity of the planet.

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Supplier alignment

We have a Supplier Code of Conduct that is a key component of our contracting process.

The code requires HSE compliance and overall protection of the environment, along with safety protections for all employees and contractors and protection against modern slavery.

We regularly review this Code and update as warranted with input from our HSE leaders.

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TCFD Alignment

We recognise that corporate disclosure and transparency are important. We have officially declared our support for the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and reported in line with them in our FY2021 Annual Report. The TCFD comprises 11 elements in four key programmatic areas of Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics and Targets.

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Occupational health and safety

Smiths has a certified health and safety management system in place in accordance with ISO45001.

All of our manufacturing and distribution facilities that operate with more than 50 full-time colleagues are covered by ISO45001 certifications.

We have a set of comprehensive processes in place to identify and control risks, conduct incident investigations, and perform proper employee and contractor training.

Our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Management Information System ensures we can track all data and provide facilities with valuable tools to help manage HSE matters.