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Empowering our people

At Smiths we are defined by our people and how we work together towards our shared purpose and priorities. The culture we create inspires and empowers. It’s how we get things done. It’s why Smiths has prospered over more than 170 years, and it’s why we will continue to succeed into the future.

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Improving health & safety

Our commitment to our people starts with keeping us all safe and healthy. Looking after our people in the workplace is an essential foundation and our number one focus.

We strive continuously to improve by reducing risk across Smiths operations. This means systematic analysis of data, proactively designing and investing for safety, and strengthening our global and local safety cultures to deliver in our varied operating environments. In addition, all Smiths colleagues have access to an employee assistance programme.


Global recordable incident rate in FY2023 (0.56 in FY2022)

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Mental health & wellbeing

Our internal THRIVE network provides a platform to support physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being through activities including employee assistance programmes, competitions, site activities and special events. Other activities across Smiths to support mental health and wellbeing include:

  • Our voluntary sessions for employees covering topics related to mental health, sharing resources from our Employee Assistance Programme and medical benefits provider.
  • Running an active inclusion, diversity & belonging hub.
  • Running training courses aligned to mental health and wellbeing including anti bullying training and non-harassment training.
  • Installing dedicated Mental Health First Aiders across our business.

Developing talent at Smiths

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We are committed to ensuring that all our colleagues have opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills, reach their full potential, and build a career at Smiths. Creating an environment and infrastructure that achieve this is also the key to attracting the right talent to Smiths, whether young people at the beginning of their working lives, or experienced specialists.

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Vera Parker
Chief People Officer

Learning and Growth

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Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

Our team of colleagues represents dozens of nations, speaking a multiplicity of languages, and embodying many different perspectives. We embrace these differences and promote actions and behaviours that will deliver an inclusive and supportive work environment where every member of the Smiths team feels that they belong and can be the best version of themselves. 

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Contributing to our communities

We aim to improve our world by contributing positively to our communities and society in general. Healthy and prosperous communities and supportive relationships with them inspire and promote a sense of pride and ownership in our people.

We proudly launched the Smiths Group Foundation to increase our impact by funding charitable organisations aligned with our purpose.

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Sustainability reporting and performance

We transparently report our performance and we fully support emerging sustainability reporting obligations, with which we are preparing to comply.

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Learn more about sustainability at Smiths

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Read more about the environment topics in our framework.

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Read more about the governance topics in our framework.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our business activities and the way we operate enables us to contribute in a meaningful way to seven of these critical global goals.

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