Corporate Social Responsibility
There were no health and safety enforcement actions at any of the Company’s locations during the year ended 30 September 2012.
The Company’s policy regards the health, safety and welfare of all employees as a matter of prime importance and serves as the basis for the Company owing a duty of care under law and as a matter of best practice to protect its employees and others from harm arising from work activities. The Company has a written policy on health and safety which is comprised of the following elements: statement of the Company’s commitment to health and safety and detailing how safety will be managed; details of where responsibilities are allocated and how employees fit into the overall safety management system; and details of how specific activities and functions are managed. The last element includes risk assessments, fire safety, first aid, incident and accident reporting, electrical safety, work equipment, hazardous substances and manual handling. Information, instruction and training on health and safety are provided across the Company.
The Company’s global web-based system procured for Quality Management System applications has been expanded to also accommodate the Company’s health and safety policies and procedures. This system allows instant access to the Company’s internal policies and procedures by any employee of the Company. It is the Company’s intention to continue to expand the use of this global web-based system in other areas of health and safety applications.
The Company is compliant with medical device directive 2007/47/EC with respect to ISO13485 and CE marking of its products. This is with particular reference to the requirement relating to risks associated with substances leaking from medical devices. The Company has declared that none of its devices contain di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate at levels equal to or greater than 0.1% by mass and that no raw materials containing or derived from bisphenolA are in contact with the patient.
The Board has acknowledged and accepted its responsibility for health and safety across the Group. The CEO has overall responsibility for ensuring that line management is responsible for the day to day management of health and safety. The Board receives regular updates on health and safety which enables the Directors to assess and review the effectiveness of the health and safety policy throughout the financial year.
There was no environmental enforcement action at any of the Company’s locations during the financial year ended 30 September 2012.
The Company makes available to its customers medical retinal imaging devices that are designed to ensure at a very minimum that they comply with applicable laws, regulations and industry standards in each of the country markets in which it operates. These devices by design have a minimal impact on the environment.
The Company engages in the continuous development of a range of packing materials that are suitable for multi-trip use. The Company is further rationalising and minimising the number of material movements both internally and externally by developing the US Distribution Service Centre as a manufacturing hub in addition to its repair capabilities. This is part of a Six Sigma lean strategy which is expected to deliver several benefits, including a positive environmental impact. This strategy will necessarily involve the supply chain. Additionally, the Company’s newest desktop retinal imaging device uses less packaging, less power and has simpler installation requirements, which together result in a greener environmental outcome.
The Company undertakes to recycle its paper, plastics, metal, personal computers and mobile telephones. Medical devices will have to comply with the RoSH directive as from 2014. The redesign of certain electronics to be lead free is well underway with suppliers validating these new processes.
Under an approved producer compliance scheme, the Company is meeting the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.
The Company is an equal opportunities employer. This means that it is Company policy that no individual or group of individuals experiences discrimination, harassment or victimisation on any grounds. The Company upholds a policy of providing equal opportunities to all persons. This underpins and guides all aspects of employment, including recruitment and promotion, and provides encouragement to employees at all levels to act fairly and to prevent discrimination on any ground, including but not limited to age, sex, race, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
Company policies for recruitment, training, career development and promotion of employees are open, fair and inclusive in their approach. The Company recognises the need to develop and regularly review employment policies and procedures to ensure that recruitment, training and development, promotion and compensation decisions are made on the basis of competency, performance, ability and potential. The Company seeks to facilitate a culture that enables employees to successfully balance professional and personal requirements and commitments. We believe that this helps recruit and retain skilled and motivated employees.
The Company believes that building and maintaining vibrant, healthy communities is a shared responsibility and is committed to contributing its part. Employees are encouraged to engage with and make a difference in the communities where they live and work and the Company supported employees and partnered with customers and organisations in a number of worthy causes and initiatives to give back and make that important difference. Many employees contributed independently of the Company to support their colleagues in their charitable endeavours.
The Company continues to maintain an informal giving programme that provides modest financial support to encourage the community spirit of its employees. It is about looking for opportunities to empower and collaborate with employees and the community through charitable work, not-for-profits, professional organisations, schools and others. It is also about being proactive to promote and address issues that matter to stakeholders. The Company does not make donations to political parties or bodies.
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