The Board has overall responsibility for corporate responsibility and considers and approves our key policies, including our Code of Conduct, Environmental Policy and Health and Safety Policy. These policies set a standard for all businesses and employees worldwide. All of these policies are available on our website and are central to our approach on corporate responsibility.
The Board has delegated the coordination of our corporate responsibility efforts to me and, with the Operations Executive and senior management, we focus our efforts on the areas of business ethics, employees, community and charity, and environment. The size of our Group dictates that our approach to corporate responsibility must be flexible and pragmatic, focusing our resources where necessary to comply with legal requirements and to support our purpose. The Board and Operations Executive regularly consider the Group’s reputation and measures progress against our corporate responsibility objectives. Examples include: monthly health and safety performance reviews to learn important lessons in this vital area; whistleblowing reports independently investigated, with action taken where necessary; and regular training of employees ensuring the right corporate culture and good governance.
In 2017, we plan to recommunicate our Code of Conduct to all employees and to our major suppliers and customers to ensure that our supply chain is robust and that there are no reputational issues associated with it. We will undertake further training of our employees in this area to ensure our values are well understood. We will also publish our statement in compliance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act that will confirm our commitment to ensuring that our supply chain is free from matters relating to slavery and human trafficking and reinforces our zero tolerance approach. We will continue our review of health and safety procedures to improve working practices and to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all our employees and third parties on our sites. We will continue to focus on diversity, talent development and succession planning to ensure we have the best talent and resources to deliver on our strategic objectives. Progress against each of these will be reported on in the 2017 Annual Report.
Group Chief Executive