Our Smiths Way of working and our values underpin everything we do. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic we defined three key priorities – to ensure 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.
The hard work, enthusiasm, ingenuity and determination of colleagues to support each other, our customers and other key stakeholders, in the most difficult of circumstances, makes us extremely proud to be Smiths.
Supporting our people and our leaders through this extraordinary period has been a key responsibility of the Smiths leadership team. We pay tribute to the amazing dedication, commitment and contribution our colleagues have made to keeping themselves and others safe and well, while helping us continue to operate and serve our customers.
The Operations & Supply Nerve Centre was formed in March 2020 in response to the emerging COVID-19 Pandemic. It enabled our operational leadership team to better manage our supply chain and operations activities during COVID-19 so that over 90% of our manufacturing sites remained in operation.
In response to the pandemic our people, across every division, have worked together to come up with new solutions to help support colleagues, local communities and healthcare providers by supplying them with vital components for ventilators, PPE equipment, testing devices and training.
Smiths is proud to have been a key member of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium which helped to manufacture thousands of ventilator devices to support the UK Government and the NHS to help save lives.
The incredible efforts made by all the teams involved in VentilatorChallengeUK consortium have been recognised and honoured by multiple prestigious organisations.