Corporate social responsibility
Acting with integrity and behaving responsibly are central to the execution of our strategy and underpin our business model. We are committed to doing business ethically and sustainably in the interests of our stakeholders: shareholders, employees, the environment, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate.
Health and safety
The Board is committed to ensuring the health and safety (“H&S”) of the Group’s employees and applies high standards throughout the Group in the control and management of its operations. The Board regularly reviews the Group’s arrangements for the planning, organisation and control of H&S matters. Global H&S meetings are held quarterly with participants from each of the Group’s four sites.
Care for the environment is an integral part of the Group’s business activities. It is the Group’s policy to ensure that its facilities are safe and the Group is committed to ensuring that its impact on the environment is minimised. The Group supports and trains its personnel to act responsibly in matters relating to the environment. The Group takes account of relevant legislation and regulations and analyses its practices, processes and products to reduce their environmental impact, and works with our customers and suppliers to achieve a high standard of environmental stewardship.
We have two sites which are certified to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK and Sedgefield, County Durham, UK.
Filtronic applies human rights considerations to the way it does business, for example through our supplier and anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies, our code of ethics, which is an integral part of our management policies, our practices in relation to health and safety, equal pay and employees’ freedom to join trade unions. The Group has adopted a specific policy on modern slavery reflecting the obligations contained in the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. Filtronic is committed to ensuring transparency in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain.
Supply chain management is working to develop partnerships with our main suppliers to ensure they have systems in place that focus on quality, environment, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Group has adopted a specific policy on conflict minerals and works with our suppliers to ensure implementation including reporting on the use of conflict minerals throughout our supply chain.
Ensuring our supply chain has compliant processes such as quality, the environment and health and safety, provide Filtronic with the confidence that each and every product that is delivered to our customers is compliant with our high standards.
Charitable and community support
We have an established charity forum made up of volunteer employees from across the Group, the aim of which is to ensure we are more involved in supporting our local communities through charitable work. The forum meets quarterly. Over the course of the year, Filtronic employees have participated in and sponsored various events including the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the Great North Run. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates, the Group has introduced paid leave of one day per annum for staff who wish to undertake voluntary or charitable work.