Responsible Business

Behaving ethically. Working safely. Reducing environmental impacts. Developing and engaging our people. Contributing to our communities. Being responsible is simply fundamental to Smiths.
Health and Safety

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

We encourage all colleagues to take personal responsibility for working safely. We look for feedback and ideas on how to improve safety. In FY20 we achieved a record-low recordable injury rate of 0.30 injuries per 100 people which is 25% better than FY19. But even one injury is too many. We want to make Smiths an even safer place to work.

Environment

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

We monitor energy and water usage, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions across all our sites – recording year-on-year improvements against all of our performance targets since FY07. We’ve also achieved a 47% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions across our business in that time– which equates to a 59% reduction normalised to revenue.

We continue to identify opportunities for reduction across our global business.

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Ethics and Compliance

Being ethical is about applying our Smiths 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 are guided by our 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.

“We believe that doing things the right way and being a responsible business isn’t a choice – it’s a responsibility”
Andy Reynolds SmithChief Executive

Responsible Business Reports and Policies

  • Code of Business Ethics
    28 May 2018
    Our Code of Business Ethics guides our actions and behaviour
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
    11 April 2018
    This Supplier Code of Conduct helps our suppliers better understand our commitment to ethics and compliance within our global supply chain
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement FY2020
    UK Modern Slavery Act Statement
    01 October 2020
    We're committed to ensuring our operations and supply chains are free of all forms of human trafficking and slavery
  • Human Rights Policy
    11 April 2018
    Smiths is committed to operating to the highest ethical standards
  • Smiths Group plc UK Gender Pay Report 2019
    UK Gender Pay Gap Report
    29 March 2021
    Our report shares our gender pay gap and the actions we’re taking through our Diversity & Inclusion Plan to help reduce this over time
  • Board Diversity Policy
    27 March 2020
    Our commitment to achieving a diverse Board of Directors
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy
    01 August 2019
    Smiths Group is committed to achieving excellence in health, safety, and environment (HSE)
  • Environmental Sustainability Policy
    Environmental Sustainability Policy
    01 October 2020
    Smiths Group is committed to the responsible use of energy and natural resources.
  • Environmental Emissions Reduction Policy
    02 September 2018
    Smiths is committed to the efficient use of energy and natural resources and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG)
  • Smiths Group Conflict Minerals Policy
    Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy
    25 September 2020
    Smiths is committed to being socially responsible throughout our own operations and in our global supply chain
  • Smiths Group Tax Strategy
    Smiths Group Tax Strategy
    16 June 2020
    Our Tax Strategy sets out our strategy, policy and approach to conducting our global tax affairs and dealing with global tax risks.
  • Responsible Business Report
    30 September 2017
    Our archive of old reports on our responsible business priorities, which are now integrated into the Resources and Relationships section of our annual report and into our website.
  • Anti-Corruption Policy
    15 January 2021
    Smiths is committed to complying with anti-corruption laws and doing business with integrity.