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. By building our safety culture around this, we've continually improved our safety performance. In 2018 we maintained our record low recordable injury rate, with only 0.38 injuries per 100 people. But even one injury is too many. We want to make Smiths an even safer place to work.
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 2010. We’ve also achieved a 40% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions across our business in the past ten years – which equates to a 50% reduction normalised to revenue.
We continue to identify opportunities for reduction across our global business.
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.
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.
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.
Responsible Business Reports and Policies
Code of Business Ethics29 May 2018Our Code of Business Ethics guides our actions and behaviour
Supplier Code of Conduct12 April 2018This Supplier Code of Conduct helps our suppliers better understand our commitment to ethics and compliance within our global supply chain
UK Modern Slavery Act Statement03 September 2018We're committed to ensuring our operations and supply chains are free of all forms of human trafficking and slavery
UK Gender Pay Gap Report08 August 2018Our 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 Policy24 September 2018Our commitment to achieving a diverse Board of Directors
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy01 April 2017Smiths Group is committed to achieving excellence in health, safety, and environment (HSE)
Human Rights Policy12 April 2018Smiths is committed to operating to the highest ethical standards
Environmental Emissions Reduction Policy03 September 2018Smiths is committed to the efficient use of energy and natural resources and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG)
Conflict Minerals Policy12 April 2018Smiths is committed to being socially responsible throughout our own operations and in our global supply chain
Smiths Group Tax Strategy26 July 2018Our Tax Strategy sets out our strategy, policy and approach to conducting our global tax affairs and dealing with global tax risks.
Responsible Business Report01 October 2017Our archive of reports on our responsible business priorities, which are now integrated into our annual report and website.