For Annington, acting responsibly and being successful commercially go hand in hand. We know that to be a sustainable business, how we do business is as important as what we deliver.
Annington’s commitment to corporate responsibility is based on a firm belief that it will help us maintain a commercial advantage, manage risks within our operations, increase our efficiency and enhance our reputation with key stakeholders.
In 2015, in recognition of the changing demands of society, regulations and the need for companies to reduce their environmental impact, we reviewed how sustainability is managed through our business, to ensure alignment with the views of our key stakeholders. To help manage the various social and environmental initiatives that were taking place across the company and to align them with our business priorities, we captured these activities within a strategic framework, our Building Opportunities Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Plan, and published it in our Corporate Responsibility Report 2016.
From a governance perspective, a CR Task Force was established to oversee the implementation of the CR related policies and deliver on the actions within the CR Plan, reporting on the progress to the Board and advising on any CR related material issues.
This was Annington’s first standalone CR Report, which captured the key activities undertaken across the four pillars of our new Building Opportunities CR Plan and highlighted our key results.
Whilst we are pleased with the progress we have made through the dedication of our employees, we recognise that we are on a journey and that there is still some way to go to fully achieve our ambitions. A few key achievements that we are particularly proud of in our Financial Year 2016/17 (“FY 2016/17”) were:
The development of our employees, with 100% of them having annual appraisals and performance reviews
The participation of 100% of employees in training programmes, with the average number of hours per employee spent on external training in the year being 39.8 hours
Our strong health and safety record, with no reported employee work incidents, five reportable contractor incidents and no RIDDOR incidents
The Annington Company and our employees donating or fundraising over £160,000 for charities. In 2017 the total amount disbursed by the Annington Trust to community activities and projects since its inception in 1996 came to over £584,000.