Health, safety and wellbeing
Health and Safety is our overarching value and we promote a workplace that is safe, healthy, diverse, inclusive and respectful. Continual improvement in health and safety practices and process help us strive towards achieving our goal of ‘zero harm’ and ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
We attach as much importance to health as we do to safety, with a focus on controlling workplace health risks, ensuring fitness to perform work tasks safely and promoting the health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors. All employees receive mandatory health medicals when they join the company. This is repeated every two years for higher risk colleagues, including site and nightshift workers, and every three years for all other employees.
We acknowledge that mental health is just as important as physical health. We run workshops and mental health first aid courses in partnership with the charity Mind. In 2016 300 employees attended awareness workshops and we now have 45 trained Mental Health First Aiders in the business. These individuals provide help on a first aid basis and offer guidance to their colleagues about where to go for additional support. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme dedicated to providing resources to help employees overcome life's many challenges.
Our focus remains on developing people and their capabilities, including identifying our talent pipeline and succession planning. We aim to enhance the skills of our people, offering them growth opportunities and improving performance. Our Learning and Development team have collaborated with people from different divisions to tailor training courses and offer apprenticeships that are relevant to our industry.
We champion diversity and want to promote equality and diversity. We want to achieve a minimum 30% gender diversity at all management grades around our business by 2030. To achieve this, now and over the next few years we are investing heavily in our business diversity and inclusion programmes to ensure we have a more balanced workforce – with a particular focus on attracting more women. 25% of all graduates recruited in 2016 and 33% of higher apprentices employed were female.