Sustainability Brochure - Flipbook - Page 3
Our culture and people
We embrace our responsibility for ensuring that human rights considerations are integral to
the way in which our existing operations and new opportunities are developed and
Our purpose is to grow a sustainable business and retain employment here in Sudbury. This
is why we exist. It is our transformative purpose, and acts as our north star to ensure we
focus on doing those things that make it happen and, conversely, not doing those things that
Compliance with, and respect for, these fundamental principles is integrated throughout our
work against it. Our culture is one of openness, integrity and accountability. We encourage
organisation. Everyone working as part of Sudbury Silk Mills is responsible for having due
our employees to act fairly in their dealings with fellow employees, customers, suppliers and
regard for human rights. Managers and supervisors must provide leadership that promotes
human rights as an equal priority to other business issues. All employees are responsible for
ensuring that their own actions do not impair the human rights of others, and are
We recognise that our employees determine our success and we continue to invest in, and
encouraged to bring forward, in confidence, any concerns they may have about human
encourage their further development. This not only includes utilising important external
training and development programmes, but also providing clear leadership and decisive
action. As a board we work closely with our teams to ensure that we have the right
Health and safety
capabilities and best talent to match our growth ambition.
Health and safety is critical to all Sudbury Silk Mills’ companies and a clear priority for
company management. We recognise the necessity of safeguarding the physical and mental
We believe that social conditions can be improved for all through the creation of wealth. We
aim to create wealth responsibly and sustainably, allowing our board to determine where
this wealth is best invested and distributed.
health and safety of our own employees while at work, and we work hard to provide a safe
and comfortable working environment for employees, visitors and the public. Our health and
safety policy requires all Sudbury Silk Mills’ businesses to manage their activities in a way
that avoids causing unnecessary or unacceptable risks to health and safety.
Human rights and ethics
Our human rights and labour conditions policy reflects the core requirements of the
universal declaration of human rights, the UN global compact, the OECD guiding principles
We support the concept of sustainability and recognise that, in common with all businesses,
and the ILO declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work, including the
our activities have an environmental impact. Our strategy is to minimise waste in our
conventions relating to forced labour, child labour, non- discrimination, freedom of
manufacturing processes, so the environmental impact of our operations is relatively low
association and right to collective bargaining.
compared to manufacturers in other sectors. We recognise that our impact on the local
community is as important as our global contribution. We also recognise that we can
We established the core structure to ensure that Sudbury Silk Mills comply with legislative
and regulatory requirements while permitting them to tailor their approach to their
particular needs. We do not tolerate practices that contravene international standards.
improve our own environmental performance and so resources are deployed to actively
reduce our own carbon footprint.