We recognise the necessity of safeguarding the health and safety of our own employees whilst 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.
We also recognise the need to address environmental issues that affect our Group businesses. We can improve on our own environmental performance and so resources are now being deployed to actively reduce waste and ultimately reduce our own carbon footprint.
Our corporate responsibility journey has begun – we currently have health and safety policies in place and we are developing environmental policies. The Chairman has overall responsibility for the development and monitoring of the Group’s policies related to Corporate Responsibility. The task of ensuring these policies are communicated and applied at a Business Unit level is delegated through the Managing Directors to each Business Unit.
It is intended that the policies and associated management systems are reviewed regularly and at any time when significant changes in the business, legislation or industry standards demand. Each Business Unit is also responsible for ensuring that, as a minimum, it meets local statutory requirements and is encouraged to work towards identified best practice within the Group.
All employees are expected to take personal responsibility for their conduct and we recognise the need to create a culture and behavioural environment within the Group to facilitate the successful implementation of the Group’s policies.
Key performance indicators (“KPIs”), that reflect the importance the Group places on corporate responsibility and to enable the Board to monitor the Group’s progress in meeting its objectives, are under Board review and if not already, will become part of regular reporting.
Health and Safety Approach
We endeavour to set the highest practical Health and Safety standards; as a minimum each Business Unit will always comply fully with its local statutory obligations and all employees are trained to recognise that the health and safety of themselves and others is their first priority.
All Business Units have a Health and Safety committee which meet regularly to discuss Health and Safety topics and concerns, make recommendations and implement and monitor any improvements or initiatives. Health and Safety issues and key measurements are also routinely reviewed and discussed at management meetings.
Current Health and Safety KPIs
- Number of days lost due to work related illnesses and workplace injuries
- Number of reportable accidents (RIDDOR) per month
- Number of self-reported injuries per month
- Number of near misses or dangerous occurrences per month
Health and Safety Policy Statement
The key points of our Health and Safety strategy are to:
- Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our operations
- Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment
- Consult regularly with our employees on matters affecting health and safety
- Ensure safe handling and use of substances
- Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees
- Ensure all employees are competent to do their job and to provide adequate training
- Maintain safe and healthy working conditions
- Prevent accidents and keep any work related ill-health to a minimum.
Environmental Policy Statement
Our policy focus on plastics and sustainability is to:
a. Waste not want not. We can increase our internal recycling of scrap (~10% of material used) from less than 1% of plastic used to 7.5% of plastic used. The remaining 2.5% is likely to have to go to recycling or synthetic fuel as we cannot re-use it.
b. Assist our customers. Where possible we are facilitating improved recycling by our customers and advising them about more sustainable alternatives; thinner/stronger materials being the most obvious opportunity at present.
c. Look for innovations. The three directions for this are:
(i) ways to make lighter/thinner but stronger materials,
(ii) new materials/approaches that are more easily recycled or are degradable,
(iii) better use of end of life plastics – e.g. synthetic fuels.
Modern Slavery Statement
The UK Government enacted the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) in order to better tackle the crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking. This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Act and sets out the steps the Company has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business. This statement applies to Synnovia plc (“Synnovia” or the “Group”) and all its subsidiaries.
Synnovia is a is a niche manufacturer of specialist products, operating across seven countries to support its global customer base. We ensure that we operate ethically in all our locations respecting local regulations and we have developed a culture of best practice addressing operational management, customer responsiveness and health and safety.
We will not tolerate modern slavery and we are committed to not knowingly support or trade with any business or supplier involved in slavery or human trafficking.
We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our supplier approval processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
Synnovia has assessed the risk of human trafficking or slavery in our supply chain and it is believed that the risk is low given the nature of the businesses which we are involved in.
We only work with suppliers who adopt the same ethical standards as we adopt in our business which expressly prohibits forced, illegal or inhumane labour practices in the suppliers to any part of our business. Should it come to light that any of our suppliers are using forced, prison or indentured labour or that their workers were subject to any form of compulsion, coercion or human trafficking we would expect that behaviour to be stopped immediately.