We are reliant on our employees to deliver our Purpose and Mission and we strive to attract and retain the best people by promoting ourselves as an employer of choice. This is fundamental to our success.
People are more attracted to work for businesses that can demonstrate a clear purpose that benefits society beyond the pursuit of profit and the economic benefits to shareholders. It is important for our business to match their aspirations in this regard, and to go beyond delivering on the basics of the employer/employee relationship.
Engagement with employees occurs through a number of channels, including regular updates posted on our Group-wide intranet, our App for Internal Communications, ‘town hall’ meetings in all our operations, updates from our CEO and other members of the leadership team, and through dialogue with union representatives and works councils. We also operate a whistle-blower system.
Our employees are encouraged and supported to adopt healthy lifestyles through programmes such as the Global Challenge (managed by Virgin Pulse), and through our UK health insurance partner, Vitality.
A business has a fundamental duty of care to ensure its employees are kept safe at work, and that their health is not impacted as a result of their employment. Dedicated EHS Managers work across our manufacturing sites and there is a Global EHS team which leads on drafting policies, auditing operations against the policies and standards, and providing advice and support to local teams.
The Company has developed 22 H&S policy standards, covering both our EHS management system and specific H&S topics. These policies are available on our intranet and training has been undertaken by the vast majority of the management team personnel at our operations locations.
For detailed information on our 2018 performance and activities please see our Corporate Responsibility Report.
We support the ten principles of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We have incorporated these concepts in our Human Rights and Labour Standards Policy, which also reflects International Labour Organisation ( ILO) conventions, and applies to all ConvaTec employees.
This Policy builds on our existing Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. All employees are required to complete the training relating to the Code every year. Together, the Policy, and the Code, cover a broad range of human rights issues. We operate a cross-functional Human Rights Steering Committee to guide our approach.
Diversity, including gender, age, ethnicity, nationality and experience, enhances our ability to fulfil our Purpose.
Our gender diversity strategy focuses on three areas:
––Leading, Promoting and Educating – establishing policy statements, forming appropriate governance, setting up employee engagement forums and enhancing existing eLearning capabilities around diversity;
––Building, Developing and Promoting Talent – focusing on promoting and developing a diverse talent pool at senior levels;
––Sourcing Talent – actively sourcing a diverse range of candidates for all senior roles.
We track employee diversity through our human resource systems and our Board will review metrics as part of their assessment of executive management.
Our employees are critical to our success and we want to create an environment where everyone can fully contribute. To help our employees progress their careers and also ensure that we have the right experience and skills across the Group and a pipeline of talent for the future, we invest in training and development opportunities which are underpinned by policies, systems and technologies which we embed across the Group.