This extract from the Halma plc 2016 Annual Report & Accounts has not been updated since publication in June 2016.
Our Commitment to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Halma companies are involved in the manufacture of a wide range of products that protect and improve the quality of life for people worldwide. This report focuses on areas of progress and our performance for all areas of sustainability which are considered to be material by our stakeholders and are also important to the success of our business. Halma has developed meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) that reflect the importance the Group places on sustainability and enables the Board to monitor the Group’s progress in meeting its objectives and responsibilities in these areas.
These areas of emphasis include health and safety, employee engagement and development, human rights, ethics and sustainability.
Health and safety
Our commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of our employees while at work is demonstrated by our culture of safety and our excellent health and safety record.
Employee engagement and development
Our commitment to investing in our people and developing talent is visible through our tailored global development programmes.
Corporate responsibility and sustainability
Our commitment to managing our business activities in a sustainable way and minimising the environmental impact is evidenced by the reduction of CO2e in our business and the Group’s carbon reduction target.
Human rights and ethics
Our commitment to respecting human rights and operating in an ethical way is embedded throughout our Group and underpins the way that we work.
We support the concept of sustainability and recognise that, in common with all businesses, our activities have an environmental impact. Our strategy is not to have capital-intensive manufacturing processes and to operate close to our end markets in terms of geography, so the environmental impact of our operations is relatively low compared to manufacturers in other sectors. We also recognise that we can improve our own environmental performance and so resources are deployed to actively reduce our own carbon footprint. Halma has been a member of the FTSE4Good UK index since its establishment in July 2001.
Our culture and people
Our core values are Achievement, Innovation, Empowerment and Customer satisfaction. These core values have been selected following extensive surveying of employees across the Group. Our culture is one of openness, integrity and accountability. We encourage our employees to act fairly in their dealings with fellow employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.
We recognise that our employees determine our success and we continue to invest in, and encourage further development of, our employees each year, not only utilising the suite of Halma development programmes, but also by providing clear leadership and decisive action. Jennifer Ward, our Group Talent Director, champions our talent leadership and works with our teams to ensure that we have the right capabilities and best talent required to develop and grow our people to match Halma’s growth ambition.
Health and safety
Safety is critical to the Group and is a major priority. We recognise the necessity of safeguarding the health and safety of our own employees while at work and operate so as to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees, visitors and the public. Our policy is to manage our activities to avoid causing any unnecessary or unacceptable risks to health and safety and the environment. Halma has an excellent health and safety record and a culture of safety is deeply embedded within the Group.