"We have a long held commitment to sustainability and we are accelerating the capture of new sustainable technologies."
Anita Frew, Chairman
Delivering sustainability at every level of our Business
Our two most senior decision making bodies, the Board of Directors and Group Executive Committee, govern and are ultimately responsible for our economic, environmental and social performance. As such, they play an active role in ensuring that sustainability remains an integral element of our business strategy.
However, responsibility for shaping and delivering our sustainability programme does not just lie with our leaders, but reaches right across our Business. Each and every one of our employees has a role to play in our sustainability activities; we are truly all responsible.
Our Vice President (VP) of Sustainability, who reports to our Group Chief Executive and President of Operations, manages our Global Sustainability Team and chairs our Sustainability Steering Committee, with the support of an Executive Sponsor.
A group of nine experts from specific areas of the Business sit on the Committee as Material Area Owners, representing our business functions and the external stakeholder groups with whom they are most closely linked. Four Regional Representatives also sit on the Sustainability Steering Committee who, with the support of their own Regional Steering Committees, play a 360˚ role: cascading details of our activities globally, representing the needs of their regions and reporting back on the delivery of our programme.
We have 66 reporting operations covering the whole Business, each with a Sustainability Champion who reports progress against our targets and a set of key performance indicators (KPIs). Along with details from our Material Area Owners, this information is communicated to the Group Executive Committee on a quarterly basis. All members of this committee take part in an annual Sustainability Conference where our full sustainability programme is reviewed with the Global Sustainability Steering Committee.
The Board of Directors also receives quarterly summary reports, and a number of bespoke presentations on key sustainability topics throughout the year, as it is an integral part of their agenda alongside our other corporate functions, which include Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Finance and Treasury and Intellectual Property. This approach ensures that our sustainability programme feeds into our wider Business strategy and keeps sustainability at the forefront of our business thinking.