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Corporate responsibility

We understand that we have a wider obligation to run our business in a responsible and sustainable way for all our stakeholders.

We believe that supporting the communities in which we operate and providing a safe environment for our employees are integral to the overall performance of the Group.

Our corporate responsibility

Taking corporate responsibility and sustainability seriously is of the utmost importance to Northgate. Sound and robust health and safety and environmental (HS&E) arrangements and risk controls therefore form a key part of the Group’s overall business strategy.

The Group’s arrangements for HS&E governance and management systems are monitored by the Audit and Risk Committee who have designated the Chief Executive as the person ultimately responsible for implementing best practice throughout the Group.

Common and consistent standards in accordance with legislative and best practice requirements are applied across all Group operations. Risk controls and procedures are continually assessed to ensure that everything is being done to meet the highest possible standards of HS&E requirements using comprehensive and robust HS&E operating controls.

Health and safety

 

Our approach to safety is simple: to ensure that no harm comes to anyone engaged with Northgate. Our ‘Safe and sound’ programme creates an environment of openness and awareness, where all colleagues feel empowered to raise concerns about working practices and conditions. Regular training is provided to employees, cost of which is carried out internally by our Health, Safety & Environment team. The Health, Safety & Environment team carried out audit reviews to measure performance of safety and environment management processes at all locations across the Group during the year and where necessary identified improvements and subsequently monitored compliance with these recommendations.

Safety performance across the business is measured using an Accident frequency rate (AFR). This is calculated as the number of lost time incidents, multiplied by 100,000, divided by the number of hours worked. The results were as follows:

The AFR’s reported are as follows:

 20172016
UK 0.8 0.9
Spain 1.9 2.2
Ireland 1.0 1.1
Group 1.2 1.4