Our approach - Smiths Group plc


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Our approach

Promoting a culture of responsible business is fundamental to achieving our vision of delivering innovative solutions for the world's toughest challenges - and to helping us become one of the world's leading technology companies. Behaving ethically, working safely, providing high-quality innovative solutions, reducing our environmental impact, developing and engaging our people and contributing to our communities is fundamental to our long-term success.

As a global technology company operating in highly regulated sectors and interacting with stakeholders across the globe, we insist on the highest standards of behaviour. Our shared values of integrity, respect, ownership, customer focus and passion guide our behaviour, actions and decisions every day.

Working responsibly also creates long-term value for our stakeholders and delivers real business benefits. For example, it protects our reputation and ability to grow, helps us to win business from customers who value strong responsible business performance, enhances our efficiency and enables our people to work productively in a safe and ethical environment.

Many of our products and services deliver valuable benefits to society and the environment, helping to reduce harm, improve efficiency and minimise adverse environmental impact.  From Smiths Medical’s products which are vital to patient care globally; and Smiths Detection’s security scanners, which play a vital role in enhancing security around the world; to John Crane’s seals, which help its customers reduce their environmental impact – we provide innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Our Responsible Business strategy focuses on five priority areas: Ethics, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), People, Products and the communities in which we operate. We manage our business and focus areas with a robust set of systems and policies. Many of our businesses are certified to international standards for health and safety and environmental management systems.

Our policy and our energy and greenhouse gas policy set out our commitments and principles in these areas. These systems and policies help us to continue to improve our performance well into the future.

2017 Responsible Business Report

Read more about our approach, strategy and performance in our 2017 report.

Download the report

Code of Business Ethics

Our approach is based on our Code of Business Ethics, which applies to all our business and people around the world.

Read our Code of Ethics

Human Rights

We are committed to upholding high ethical standards wherever we operate around the world. This commitment includes maintaining all internationally-recognised human rights, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and ensuring our operations and supply chains are free of human trafficking and slavery.

For more information, please see our:

Code of Business Ethics

Supplier Code of Business Ethics

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

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Smiths Group divisions:

John Crane, Smiths Medical, Smiths Detection, Smiths Interconnect, Flex-Tek

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