Working responsibly

Policies and principles

A culture based on working responsibly means having the right values, principles and policies in place, that they are embedded throughout the organisation in our systems and processes and that they are upheld by our people.

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Our core values (known as the 3Rs, which stand for building respect, nurturing relationships and acting responsibly) shape our Business Principles, our Code of Business Ethics and a number of Corporate Responsibility (CR) policies.

This culture of working responsibly is also built upon global standards. These standards are part of valuable, global initiatives that promote responsible corporate behaviour and working practices.

We uphold and support the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an initiative for businesses committed to aligning their strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and we integrate the 10 universally accepted principles into our policies and Business Principles.

In 2015, world leaders committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set out 17 prioritised areas ranging from ending poverty, ensuring access to energy, protection of ecosystems, addressing climate change and responsible working practices. We recognise a responsibility to look at our activities to identify where both our business adds value for society and where we may need to mitigate for potential negative impacts across environmental, social and governance (ESG) related issues.

The most recent updates to our Business Principles and key policies have recognised the importance of recent external developments, including the UN SDGs and the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA).

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