Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Acting with integrity and behaving responsibly are central to the execution of our strategy and underpin our business model. This covers how Filtronic interacts with its stakeholders, its approach to key issues and its aims for the future.

Responsibilities

Health and Safety

Employees

Human Rights

The Environment

Charitable and Community Support

Supply Chain

Health and Safety

Employees

Human Rights

The Environment

Charitable and Community Support

Supply Chain

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 five sites.

Employees

The Group’s success depends on its employees and the Board recognises that it is their commitment and contribution that is vital to the execution of the Group’s strategy.

With an international workforce, it is important that we provide an environment where we attract, motivate and reward high quality employees, throughout the Group.

Employee development

Employee development is an important element of employee retention and motivation. The Group has an education and training policy in place which is being implemented through developing a Group-wide infrastructure to support the identification of staff development needs through meetings and staff appraisals. The aim is to provide quality staff development which supports the Group’s strategic objectives, whilst simultaneously aiding talent management and succession planning. Various formal and informal training has taken place over the year, including training sessions on the Group’s policies and General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”).

Looking to the future

The Group believes in keeping employees fully informed on matters which affect them through various communication forums. The Group holds regular employee communications sessions at which employees can review Group progress and raise, share and discuss specific issues and concerns that affect employees with senior management. The Group publishes a quarterly newsletter which outlines developments and plans across the business.

Employee communications

The Group believes in keeping employees fully informed on matters which affect them through various communication forums. The Group holds regular employee communications sessions at which employees can review Group progress and raise, share and discuss specific issues and concerns that affect employees with senior management. The Group publishes a quarterly newsletter which outlines developments and plans across the business.

Equal opportunities

The Group is committed to a policy of equal opportunity by which it ensures that all employment-related activities are based on merit and suitability for the job alone. Further information on our equal opportunities policy may be found on our website: http://filtronic.com/group-policies/

Diversity and inclusion

Filtronic has diversity and equal opportunity policies to support our aim of providing equal opportunities for all without discrimination. These policies form part of the Group’s core values (expected of employees, suppliers and other stakeholders). Our policies and practices emphasise the importance of treating people in a non-discriminatory manner across the full employment life cycle, including hiring, reward, development, promotions, mobility and departure. In the event that an employee becomes disabled, the Group will make reasonable appropriate adjustments, and so far as is practicable, will continue to provide employment. Training is provided to those making decisions on these factors so that no individual is disadvantaged and to prevent discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, belief, race, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or marital status.

The Chief Executive Officer is the Board member responsible for human resources.

Human Rights

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.

The Environment

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 three sites which are certified to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK; Sedgefield, County Durham, UK; and Täby, Sweden.

Charitable and Community Support

This year we have established a 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 under take voluntary or charitable work.

Supply Chain

The adoption of an advanced product life cycle management software system has allowed for Group-wide management and control of our documentation to include product design, suppliers and change management as well as a module to address specific quality processes. 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.

The implementation of these management systems, which are designed to monitor and control processes such as quality, the environment and health and safety, will provide Filtronic with the confidence that each and every product that is delivered to our customers is at an appropriate level of quality, and has been designed and manufactured in a way that considers our impact on the environment and the ultimate health and safety of our employees and our broader stakeholders who contribute to our success. We are continuing with the roll-out of a customer relationship management system in Filtronic that complements this approach.