Environmental Standards

We care about the world around us. Our Environmental Standards are vital to all our operations and form an important part of our strategy to promote a 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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We have improved energy efficiency by over 37% since FY07. In the same period, we have also reduced total water use by 44% and non-recyclable waste by 49%.

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With a focus on reducing the total usage, we have tracked water usage since at least FY07.

Most of the water used in Smiths is for civil purposes, while a small portion is used in production processes. From FY13 through FY18, we achieved a 27% reduction in total usage normalised to sales.

In FY19, we set goals, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to reduce the usage in water stressed areas by an additional 5% by the end FY21 and have achieved a 4% reduction through FY20.

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.

Reduction in GHG emissions

We have tracked GHG emissions since at least FY07.

We achieved a 6% reduction through energy reduction projects and increased renewable electricity purchasing resulting from our most recent targets set in FY19 according to total usage normalised to sales.

We have achieved our 5% GHG reduction goal a full year ahead of our current 3-year target set in FY19.

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

Reduction in waste

We have tracked waste data since FY07, with a focus on reducing non-recycled waste. From FY13 through FY18 we achieved a 21% reduction from our goals set according to the total non-recycled waste normalised to sales.

Starting in FY19, we have set targets to increase the percentage of waste recycled by 5% (from 66% to 71%).  Challenges, particularly in the plastics recycling market have negatively impacted our recycling rate, which now stands at 64%.  Recycling will be a primary focus for FY21 as will persevere to achieve our goal of 71%.

As mentioned above, we also have a certified environment management system in accordance with ISO 14001. All our manufacturing and distribution facilities that operate with more than 50 full-time employees are covered by 18001 certifications.

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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 OHSAS 18001/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 facilities. 

In addition, we maintain 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 FY20.*

* We also did not receive any safety or health related penalties/fines in FY20

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Smiths products

All of our divisions participate in a regular Restricted Substance forum to ensure compliance*, share best practices and drive alignment among Smiths’ businesses for product compliance.

Our divisions are responsible for their products and continued efforts to reduce any lifecycle impacts on the environment. This is done with strong consideration to ensure that Smiths products must be safe for our customers and communities as well.

* Compliance with all product requirements including Prop 65, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, etc.

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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. Smiths’ inclusively values the diversity of its global team and the biodiversity of the planet.

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Supplier alignment

We maintain a supplier code of conduct that is a key component of the contracting process, ensuring that all suppliers must comply with the code as per the mutual contracting process.

The code requires HSE compliance, emissions reductions, GHG reductions, and overall protection of the environment, along with safety protections for all employees and contractors.

We regularly review this code and update as warranted with input from the HSE leaders at Smiths.

TCFD Alignment

We align our climate change strategy, planning and reporting with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. The TCFD comprises 11 elements in four key programmatic areas of Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics and Targets. We have addressed 10 of these areas in our internal climate strategy and planning as well as reporting in the CDP disclosure process in greater detail.

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Occupational health and safety

Smiths has a certified health and safety management system in place in accordance with OHSAS 18001. 

All of our manufacturing and distribution facilities that operate with more than 50 full-time colleagues are covered by OHSAS 18001 certifications.

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

And 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.