Health & Safety is Alumasc’s primary focus, and this is reflected in how we operate our business in a highly regulated environment. The Board member responsible for Health & Safety is our CEO who is responsible for our Health & Safety Policy statement. Group policy on Health & Safety requires that it is the first agenda item for Group and operating subsidiary board meetings. Our target is for Zero harm. This has informed our Health & Safety programme and has helped us develop our compliance with industry best practice and focus on continuous improvement.
We promote manager and worker awareness of their responsibilities, the hazards and risks associated with operations and safe ways of working through targeted training. We use e-learning programmes, workshops for supervisors, hazard alerts and safety/compliance checklists.
Operating businesses and sites have Health & Safety Committees. External consultants conduct regular Health & Safety audits. Action plans from Health & Safety audits are monitored by management and progress reviewed at Board meetings.
Near miss reporting has remained at the same high level of the prior year. In addition, the number of days lost in the workplace relating to accidents was 39 compared to 54 in the prior year. There have been no working days lost between January 2020 and June 2020 and during this period we had three sites temporarily closed in April 2020.
Our principal health and safety KPI, the performance rate index (a relative measure capturing the total number of lost time and other safety incidents, relating the result to the overall number of hours worked), was 2.82 (compared to 2.69 in 2018/19). Alumasc’s Health & Safety performance was good over the last year, and there is a longer-term trend of overall improvement; due to focus on a Zero harm outcome and continuous improvement by both management and employees. Our risks arise from working with machinery, forklift trucks crossing walkways, and car/lorry travel. Health & Safety initiatives include robust risk assessments and we work continuously to ensure that improvements are implemented.
Alumasc supports local community initiatives, local sports groups and a number of charitable donations have been made throughout the year by the business, following fundraising activities.
Alumasc is an equal opportunities employer and its policies for recruitment, training, career development and promotion are based on the aptitude and abilities of the individual regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Employees with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity in respect of entering and continuing employment with us. The Group aims to provide training opportunities that are identical, as far as possible, for disabled and non-disabled employees. Should employees become disabled after joining the Company, every effort is made to ensure that employment continues, and appropriate training is given. A formal Equality and Diversity Policy has been approved by the Group Board and applies to all our businesses.
All other employees
We recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and we promote a working environment that is fair and inclusive. We seek to extend these principles to our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and the communities where we operate. The chart above provides headcount data as at 30 June 2020.
We are committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities from recruitment, employment and career progression to learning and development. We recognise the benefit of calling on the widest range of experience, knowledge and skills.
Alumasc recognises its responsibility to protect the environment. As a business we are focused on using materials that can be re-used, particularly metals. The Group seeks to improve its environmental footprint by looking at new, more energy efficient, technologies and by reducing emissions. During the year we have approved investments with some of our overseas suppliers to move to more environmentally friendly methods of casting to help protect the environment by reducing particulates. Information about some of the sustainable solutions can be found on pages 26 to 27.
A high proportion of Alumasc’s building products are focused on providing effective solutions to enhance sustainability in the built environment. Alumasc has established leading positions in water management, through brands such as Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Wade, Gatic, Alumasc Roofing, Derbigum Olivine membranes, and Timloc; and energy/light management through Levolux.
Hedgehog-conservation focus for housebuilders
Timloc Building Products manufacture not-for-profit hedgehog highways for housing developments.
East Yorkshire manufacturer, Timloc Building Products, has produced a hedgehog highway to help tackle the declining number of hedgehogs across the UK.
New planning laws require a 13cm hole to be put in the base of fences in all new housing developments, creating a highway for hedgehogs to roam freely. Hedgehogs can travel up to 2 miles per night and modern housing developments greatly restrict the freedom that hedgehogs need to thrive.
The hedgehog population has seen a rapid decline to an estimated 1 million, compared to over 30 million in the 1950s. Hedgehogs are now classified as vulnerable to extinction and are listed as a species of principal importance.
The Hedgehog Highway by Timloc has been designed to connect gardens, enabling hedgehogs to roam freely and forage for food and shelter without restriction.
Timloc Building Products will supply hedgehog highways to various housing developments across the UK to encourage housebuilders to make a conscious effort towards hedgehog conservation.
Timloc Building Products has partnered with Market Weighton Hedgehog Group, a non-profit organisation set up to help conserve declining hedgehog numbers by providing shelter and food for injured hedgehogs and educating the public on hedgehog conservation. All proceeds from the sale of hedgehog highways will be donated to Market Weighton Hedgehog Group.
Linda Cook, founder of the Market Weighton Hedgehog Group, said:
“Hedgehog highways are hugely important to hedgehogs as they allow them to forage safely between gardens and meet mates. We are truly overwhelmed with the work Timloc has put into this product and cannot thank them enough for their support.”
Based in Howden, East Yorkshire, Timloc Building Products is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of building products for the residential market.
Kirsty Harrop, Marketing Manager at Timloc Building Products, said:
“As a manufacturing company, we take our responsibility for the environment seriously and the conservation of hedgehogs is a matter close to our hearts. The Hedgehog Highway by Timloc is produced from 100% recycled plastic – as are many products in the Timloc range – and the packaging is 100% recyclable too.”
Further information can be found at: www.timloc.co.uk/sustainability
The Board supports continuous improvements in environmental standards throughout the Group. This is achieved through a variety of methods, including product process development, promoting use of recycled materials, waste minimisation, energy efficiency and reducing the emissions from all our operations. Additional information about the use of recycled plastics by Timloc can be found on pages 10 and 11.
Carbon Footprint Limited work with the Alumasc Group to help us monitor and report our GHG emissions and to help us improve our energy efficiency. The Group aims to reduce carbon emissions year-on-year. We aim to do this by reducing our carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and by reducing waste consumption. Carbon Footprint have independently assessed our GHG emissions in accordance with the UK Government’s “Environmental reporting guidelines, including Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting” requirements. The assessment prepared for Alumasc by Carbon Footprint included the 2019 emission conversion factors published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Our carbon footprint includes emissions where we have direct responsibility, for example, vehicles and heating fuel (Scope 1) and emissions from third parties from the generation of electricity (Scope 2). We have voluntarily disclosed Scope 3 that demonstrates a significant reduction in emissions, partly due to lockdown restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.
We collect details on energy consumption from our trading divisions and this information is input onto the Carbon Footprint data tracker. The information provided is verified by the submission of invoices and evidence of fuel consumption. The information is audited and verified by Carbon Footprint.
The Group companies are continually reviewing energy consumption and considering new technologies to deliver ongoing reductions in emissions. Our carbon footprint includes all emission sources as required under S12008/410 for large unquoted companies.
We are pleased to report this year a decrease of 35% in the Group’s emissions. Large reductions in GHG emissions have been achieved for the period 2019/20 when compared to 2018/19. The reduction in emissions could be attributed to:
- Energy efficient buildings for Wade and Timloc;
- Reduction of energy used due to COVID-19 temporarily closing three manufacturing sites for three weeks and re-opening on a phased basis;
- Replacement of old machinery with newer more efficient machinery; and
- Reduced travel (in particular this was as an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic).
In addition, during the year Alumasc also completed a detailed Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) energy audit of the amount used, and has a number of recommendations for implementation.
Alumasc treats people fairly and we are honest and straightforward in all our business relationships. We have established long-term relationships built on trust and reliability.
Following the enactment of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Alumasc introduced a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. The Alumasc Group plc has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to act ethically and comply with all laws and regulations. The Group Modern Slavery Statement is published on our website: www.alumasc.co.uk in line with Home Office guidance. Alumasc works with its supply chain to ensure there is a zero tolerance to Modern Slavery. The 2020 statement will be published on our website in compliance with the requirements before the deadline.
Alumasc expects its suppliers and those in the supply chain, where possible, to confirm that all suppliers have the same or similar policies. The latest Modern Slavery Statement and previous disclosures are available on our website.