Social

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

Employees

It is the policy of the Group to communicate with employees by 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.

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 operates a third party whistleblowing procedure, which falls under the remit of the Audit and Risk Committee to ensure that every single employee has a route to raise a concern without prejudice.

Health and Safety

The Group has a Health and Safety Committee which consists of the Director of Group Health, Safety and Environment, the Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Director, the HR Director, senior managers and health and safety managers from across the Group. This committee meets formally four times per year with monthly operational meetings. Health and safety is reported at every Board meeting and continual monitoring processes are in place. The role of the Director of Group Health, Safety and Environment is to continually improve the Group’s health and safety position through training, communication and the use of technology and to ensure that the Group employs best practice that is consistent around the Group. Our businesses hold OH SAS 18001 accreditation.

Charity

We support several local charities as well as our employees who individually raise money for causes close to their heart. And in 2019 the Group’s chosen charity is MIND. In addition, we host an annual Company Quiz for our Sheffield based businesses, which raises money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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.