Our environmental policy sets out the Group’s commitment to protect and enhance the environment, to minimise the environmental impacts of our activities and to maximise the positive effects of our products and services.
Our manufacturing processes have environmental impacts arising from the consumption of resources; air emissions, waste generation and water discharge. We seek to minimise these impacts and to go beyond minimum legal requirements, by focusing on continuous improvement and establishing certified environmental management systems (EMSs) at our operating facilities.
The Policy, along with a framework set minimum standards and provide guidance on what is expected of our sites. Our Policy is regularly reviewed and is communicated across all sites within the Group and is applied to all businesses worldwide.
Environmental performance is managed at the local level, with top-level oversight by the Group. Guided by our Policy, designated EHS personnel are responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations and for facilitating continuous improvement at a site level.
The Chief Executive Officer, global business unit leadership teams and site management teams are responsible and accountable for environmental performance. There are environmental leaders and resources in each of the global business units.
Our Group level environmental management processes include a monthly review of performance and progress in the implementation of our improvement plans by the Executive Committee and business leaders, and regular review of performance by the Board. An audit programme is conducted against the environmental framework, systems and KPIs, with a focus on high-risk items.