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Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility

At Smiths Medical, we believe that to grow and maintain a culture of responsibility throughout the business, we must behave ethically, work safely, reduce our environmental impact, attract and develop our people, and contribute to our communities to create long-term value for our shareholders and our wider stakeholders.

Environment Health and Safety

We care deeply about the safety of our employees and the environment. We are committed to the highest standards of EHS management in meeting our legal and moral obligations both locally, nationally and internationally and manage this aspect of our business with the same diligence that we give to other key objectives. Our ultimate aim is zero injuries. We strongly believe in a process of continuous improvement, the implementation of best practices and the use of internationally recognized EHS management systems.

All manufacturing, warehouse and service sites with more than 50 employees are certified to ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 management systems. In meeting this requirement Smiths Medical has a single ‘Group’ certificate with all major facilities certified. Our new European manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic is the most recent site to be included in the certificate.

Based on the American OSHA standards, we have achieved a stable level in our Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) since 2007 and Smiths Medical was recognized in 2015 as one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today.

EHS Incidents Rate

Our health and safety strategy to reduce incidents have focused on leadership commitment, employee engagement and safety awareness. We continue to implement and build on this strategy and have introduced self-directed work teams via our Safety Performance System (SPS) at all of our Global manufacturing sites. The SPS teams identify improvement opportunities and implement solutions with the full support of management. Our Leading Indicator Activities Program supports the efforts of the SPS teams by increasing engagement at all levels of the organization.

Environment

We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through continual improvements in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, material substitution, and waste generation. This includes using performance-based environmental management systems to drive improvement throughout the business.

Our sites monitor their energy and water usage, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions, identify opportunities for reduction and implement improvement plans. We share action plans, lessons learned and best practices across the sites.

A 5 year plan is in place to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and non-recycled waste by 15%, and water by 10% by the end of fiscal year 2018. Smiths Medical has set and achieved environmental reduction goals since 2007.

Policies, Statements and Compliance Schemes

Smiths Medical manufactures products across the globe and respects how each country handles its waste management issues. As a Global manufacturer, Smiths Medical works diligently to maintain full compliance with all relevant directives. For instance, European countries require compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), the Batteries Directive, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), the EU Packaging Directive and of course the REACH regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals).

WEEE and Batteries Compliance Scheme

Smiths Medical subscribes to a WEEE Compliance Scheme and provides a recycling program for its customers throughout Europe. The program enables customers to send ‘end of life’ electronic equipment for recycling to nominated waste recycling facilities. The scheme varies from country to country to ensure compliance with local requirements and promote recycling.

Please contact customer services for customers wishing to send ‘end of life’ Smiths Medical products for Recycling/Treatment.

For further information on the following compliance scheme documentation and certificates please contact our customer support team.

REACH Statement
EU RoHS Directive and Non-Electronic Products
EU RoHS Statement

Business Ethics

Our Code applies to all businesses and employees of Smiths Medical worldwide. Compliance with our Code helps to sustain and enhance the good reputation of the Company and contributes to long term value creation for shareholders. We believe that every employee plays their part in building and strengthening the Company. As an operating Division of Smiths Group, we are supporters of the Smiths Group Code of Ethics found at http://smiths.com/responsibility-code-of-business-ethics.aspx

Community Support

Smiths Medical contributes positively to the communities in which we operate. In addition to providing employment opportunities and playing a beneficial role in local economies, we support community involvement through charitable giving, service projects and education initiatives. In addition to local support efforts with various non-profit organizations, Smiths Medical is a global partner of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and in 2013, Smiths Medical was awarded the Red Cross Platinum Award for global support and partnership with the international chapters of the Red Cross. In 2014, Smiths Medical hosted over 75 events for its employees to support the Red Cross around the world. Smiths Medical also supports local charitable organizations at each of its manufacturing locations. To learn more, see http://smiths.com/community.aspx

Great Place to Work

We believe in providing our employees with opportunities to develop their talent and to contribute to the business they work in. We support them by investing in their safety, upholding their statutory rights and creating an ethical, supportive environment where colleagues are treated fairly and with respect.

We welcome diversity in our workforce, not only to adhere to our legal obligations but also because we believe that everyone needs to challenge constructively and to contribute ideas from their own perspective to support our business objective.

We believe in and support only fair and ethical hiring and work practices and are compliant with all applicable labor laws and standards.  Please see more at http://smiths.com/workplace.aspx

We have well established arrangements in place to encourage and develop employee engagement. To ensure we can monitor progress we periodically conduct ‘My Voice’ surveys. Actions plans are drawn up by focus groups and local champions to developed to address the most siginifcant issues highlighted in the survey. 

Read more about our programs in our case studies section.


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