We are committed to ensuring that our business is conducted in a responsible manner.
We continually review our business practices to ensure that our business operates in a responsible manner with respect to Employees, Ethical Standards, Health, Safety, Environment and Community. We remain committed to continuous improvement.
At AMS we focus on creating an engaging place to work where employees are able to develop and are challenged to achieve both their ambitions and the long-term strategic goals of the business. With over 650 employees globally, AMS is focused on retaining and attracting the right calibre of people and providing an environment where individuals can deliver to the best of their capabilities. We recognise the importance of our people and that it is only by their effective engagement that we will continue to be highly successful. We value their commitment and determination to achieve and deliver good results. Our working environment encourages openness, teamwork, an understanding of others’ needs and the ability ‘to make a difference’.
We develop the talent at AMS by training with programmes such as the Management Development Programme and principles of Lean Manufacturing, and by providing a place to work where our employees feel valued, incentivised and fulfilled. We continue to support a number of apprenticeship schemes and graduate recruitments across the Group and intend to expand the number of schemes we operate in 2018.
AMS promotes communication with employees who are encouraged to put forward their views to the Company through both our monthly briefing meetings and also through our employee surveys. Employees are encouraged to participate in suggesting and implementing improvements across the Group.
We support a number of apprenticeship schemes and graduate recruitment across the Group and intend to increase the number of opportunities offered under these schemes in 2018.
We are committed to actively encouraging a more inclusive and diverse workplace and look for opportunities to reinforce this where appropriate, although we continue to recruit on merit. The Group is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and giving fair and equal treatment to all employees and job applicants in terms of recruitment, pay conditions, promotions, training and all employment matters regardless of their age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, religion or belief. The female representation on the Board, Senior Management Team and across the Group at the year-end is shown here:
AMS is highly dependent on the innovation and creativity of our employees for our future growth and success. It is important that we have a culture and set of values that are clearly understood across the business, and that employees embrace. We aim to operate to the highest ethical standards. We have adopted the business motto of ‘AMS Care, Fair, Dare’ to summarise our culture, underpin our values, and to deliver results, building a sustainable future for our business. Under this motto, we have defined the principles and expectations of how we will operate together to deliver success as the Company continues to grow. Care, Fair, Dare.
Throughout 2017, we ran a series of work shops and communications with our employees to embed our Care, Fair, Dare culture. We have listened to the feedback which has been received and developed our principles and expectations. These will now form part of our appraisal system and recruitment of potential new employees.
We recognise the importance of operating a business in an ethical manner. AMS has set appropriate standards and policies to uphold all laws relevant to prevention of bribery and corruption in all jurisdictions in which we operate. The Group also has in place policies and procedures covering Gifts and Hospitality, Whistleblowing, the Modern Slavery Act, the Market Abuse Regulations, General Data Protection Regulations, the Criminal Finance Act and Equality.
AMS has introduced compulsory Ethics Training which all Group employees must complete to reinforce their understanding of the policies in place.
Our Sourcing Policy requires suppliers to confirm they engage in ethical treatment of employees and observe prevailing laws in relation to other ethical issues, and ensures that suppliers:
• Do not employ any forced, bonded or involuntary labour;
• Do not use child labour;
• Provide safe and hygienic working conditions;
• Take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of employment;
• Pay wages and benefits and apply working hours for a standard working week that are no less than the applicable minimum national legal standard;
• Do not discriminate on grounds of gender, age, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation;
• Do not permit harsh or inhumane treatment of its employees;
• Do not supply equipment used in the unethical treatment of individuals;
• Do not supply or trade in any banned or proscribed substances or materials in breach of the prevailing laws;
• Do not engage in practices that amount to bribery or are deemed corrupt or illegal;
• Do not engage in any uncontrolled release of genetically modified organisms likely to be detrimental to the environment; and
• Respect and seek to avoid any unlawful infringement of the intellectual property rights of third parties.
Health, Safety and Environment
The Health and Safety of our staff, visitors to our facilities, and those who carry out work on our behalf, is of the utmost importance to us. Identifying and complying with applicable legislation underpins our Health and Safety activities and improvement initiatives. The Board provides Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) leadership and the Chief Executive Officer has primary responsibility for setting the principles. The Chief Financial Officer, supported by the Group Operations Director, ensures adequate resource is available to support operational health, safety and environmental improvement plans.
We have established HSE Committees at each site which meet monthly. These Committees report monthly to the Senior Management Team and to the Board. We focus on the prevention of accidents and incidents through proactive reporting of potential hazards.
Over the last 12 months we have focused our resources to improve the level of accountability and expectation for continuous improvement in Health and Safety. Initiatives to improve involvement and accountability will continue over the foreseeable future to help us to further reduce our accident potential.
Safety Performance 2017
Our All Injury Rate (AIR) was 3.1 in 2017 and fell from 5.4 in 2016. It has been below the target of 6.0 over the past 4 years. We endeavour to take proactive initiatives to ensure our AIR remains below our target.
Our AIR is measured as follows:
It is the Group’s policy to abide by all laws, directives and regulations relevant to its field of operations and to act in a manner so as to minimise the effects of our operations on the environment.
As AMS has operations across a number of countries, local management drives environmental performance. Specific, site-level objectives are established to ensure compliance with local legislative and external management system requirements. AMS uses a variety of indicators to monitor environmental performance.
We are committed to supporting and having a positive interactionwith our local communities and encouraging our employees, families and friends to participate where possible.
AMS sponsors a number of sports charities and clubs in the area. We have sponsored the annual Pie & Peas 5 mile race for four years, which is organised by Vale Royal A.C., the local athletics club based in Winsford, Cheshire. As well as sponsoring this local race, employees are encouraged to participate in pre-race training programmes to foster employee well being as well as enjoying good humoured rivalry. AMS aims to promote participation in sports and exercise so as to encourage healthy lifestyles.
In 2018 we will be the main sponsor for the England Athletics 5k Road Championships, a national event that is being held in a local Cheshire village.
We also sponsor a number of local football clubs and school sports teams including our local ladies football club, Witton Albion Ladies FC, who receive no other funding and are coached by one of our employees in their spare time. We sponsor a local junior rugby team (Crewe and Nantwich RUFC Junior Colts) and a local school, Sandbach School, to go on rugby and hockey tours to Canada, as well as an Under 13’s girls football team, the ‘Runcorn Limets’ which is coached by one of our employees.
On an individual level, one of our employees was part of a team that participated in the Open Tae Kwon Do European Championships in Poland in June 2017. AMS contributed financially towards her cost of participating in this event with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals being achieved. We will continue to support her in the coming years.
In 2018 AMS will be the main sponsor of the St Luke’s Hospice Midnight Walk, which will be held on the streets of Crewe and Nantwich in June. St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice has been providing palliative care to local people, supporting them in ways beyond the scope and funding of the NHS. We will be supporting this event through employee participation and marshalling.
We are involved with some international charities. We sponsor a number of children in Africa and Asia through Plan International, a charity that promotes child rights and aims to end child poverty.
We intend to continue to provide ongoing support to these and other events.
Sandbach School Rugby (above)