Social

Our stakeholders are our employees, our investors, our customers, our suppliers, our advisors and the communities in which we operate.

Employees

It is the policy of the Group to communicate with employees via employee representation on works and staff committees and by regular briefing meetings conducted by senior management. A long-term view of the business is encouraged through the provision of defined contribution pension schemes and SAYE share option schemes for UK based employees and Long Term Incentive Plans (LTIPs) for the senior management team. We implemented the Group’s first Employee Engagement Survey in January 2018, using a benchmarked UK index provided by Best Companies. The second survey was carried out in October 2019 with an improved response rate and engagement scores across the Group. The survey was repeated in October 2020 and a further mid-term survey is planned for April 2021.

Equal opportunities

The Group is an equal opportunity employer. The Group is committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees. We want to create a supportive and inclusive environment where our employees can reach their full potential, without prejudice and discrimination. We are committed to a culture where respect and understanding is fostered and the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances will be positively valued.

Whistleblowing

The Group has operated a ‘whistleblowing’ policy and arrangement for many years so that all employees of the Group are able, via an independent external third party, to confidentially report any malpractice or matters of concern they have regarding the actions of employees, management and Directors and any breaches of the Company’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy.

Health, Safety and Environment

A quarterly strategy meeting is held with the Director of Group Health, Safety, Quality and Environment, his team of Health and Safety Managers, the Chief Executive, one of our Non-Executive Directors and the HR Director. Additional operational meetings are held monthly, which the senior executive team do not attend. The purpose of the Committee is to embed a culture of safety and wellbeing from the top down and ensure that best practice is always employed at each Group company.

Charity

As part of our ongoing Health and Wellbeing initiative, the Group has again made MIND its featured charity. The Group also continues to support local charities and employees who individually raise money or volunteer for charities.

Training

Training is at the very heart of our business fuelling the skills engine that turns us. From apprenticeships and industry qualifications to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, the niche and highly specialised nature of our business relies on a highly skilled and motivated workforce, from the shop floor to the Boardroom and everyone in between.

Modern Slavery

The jurisdictions and markets in which we operate show that we have a low risk of exposure to human rights issues but our
Modern Slavery Policy can be found here.

For more information on how we performed this year, see our latest Annual Report.