Strong commitment to doing the right thing
In 2015 we rolled out the new GKN Code, reminding people of the standards of behaviour we expect in GKN. The Code applies to all employees and is available in the 26 languages spoken at GKN. The roll-out programme started in February 2015 with briefings at divisional leadership conferences, followed by a cascade to all employees through manager-led, face-to-face briefings.
Nigel Stein Chief Executive
At GKN, doing the right thing by our people means promoting a safe working environment, respecting the rights of others, developing our employees, encouraging a diverse workforce and building an environment where people feel comfortable speaking up if they see behaviour which is wrong. This approach helps GKN develop an outstanding team – recruiting the very best talent and creating a workforce of engaged colleagues around the world.
Message from the Chief Executive GKN’s approach to sustainability can be summed up in one phrase: doing the right thing – by our people, as a business, and in our world. This means acting in a safe, ethical manner in everything we do. By conducting business the right way, every employee can contribute to the long-term success of the Group and help build a sustainable future for GKN. As I travel around GKN’s facilities, no matter which country they are in, I am always heartened by the strong commitment of our people to doing the right thing. This year we saw progress on safety, with improved results and better near-miss reporting. We also successfully recommunicated our Code of Conduct to all employees in all the languages spoken at GKN. Our sustainability performance relies on the commitment of our people and the quality of our leadership. I know both are strong, and will help us go further in 2016.
We believe in building a high performance business and are committed to delivering safe, high quality products and services. We also believe in creating a culture of continuous improvement across GKN, applying the Lean Enterprise model to everything that we do. While we want to win in business, we must do so fairly, and the GKN Code requires honest and proper conduct from all GKN employees. We also expect the same from our suppliers and other business partners.
We aim to reduce the impact that both our operations and our customers have on the environment. Our products are designed to perform better than their predecessors, be that lighter, more efficient or resulting in less waste. Around the world, our sites and employees work hard to support the communities in which they operate. As a company, GKN contributes by building partnerships with schools and academic institutions, and inspiring future engineers. Our relationships are conducted with open and honest communication.
GKN plc Annual Report and Accounts 2015