Bostik

Safety, Health & Environment

in compliance with regulatory requirements

Bostik Ltd is committed to maintaining the highest practicable standards of safe working conditions and minimising the risk of accidents and ill health in the workplace.

A comprehensive Health and Safety management system operates to ensure that all operations are in compliance with regulatory requirements and are aligned to the Arkema safety policy and charter.

Our aim is Zero Accidents

Four drivers contribute to our continuous safety improvement culture:

  • A Safety Culture where accidents and incidents are seen as preventable, and where everyone is encouraged to step in and speak up to prevent an accident occurring.
  • Communication of our system and other requirements, using a plan of structured safety meetings, poster campaigns and newsletters.
  • Identifying and monitoring our problems and taking appropriate corrective action, including auditing, structured risk assessment and accident and near miss investigation.
  • Employee training in general job requirements and specific Health and Safety topics.
Environment

Bostik Ltd operates a well established Environmental Management System having been certified to BS ISO14001 for over 12 years.

Bostik Ltd remains commited to maintaining the highest practicable standards of environmental control, in order to prevent pollution and to reduce their environmental impact by ensuring:

  • All regulatory requirements are understood, communicated appropriately and complied with.
  • Continuous improvement in energy consumption, waste minimisation, housekeeping standards and environmental awareness.
  • All contractors have the necessary competence, certification and documentation to ensure they are always in compliance with our Policy and procedures.
  • Environmental systems are audited via a documented ongoing plan.
  • Measurable objectives are established throughout the Bostik business ensuring alignment of everyone's effort to match company objectives.

The environmental management system is examined through an annual audit plan.  Results from internal audits are reviewed alongside external audits as a continuous improvement tool.

Policy on slavery and human trafficking

Bostik Ltd’s Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’.

As part of the organisation’s induction process and throughout workers’ employment with us, we coach all associates to treat others with respect and courtesy as well as ensuring they adhere to all relevant laws, regulations and standards.

The undertaking of the induction process is part of the ongoing due diligence process. We focus on ensuring our management team is not only aware of the requirements to be alert to modern slavery but can also address concerns raised by their team or any suppliers. If any worker is found in breach of our policies, we ensure suitable disciplinary action is taken which can include termination.

We allow all individuals who work or provide services to us the right to freely choose employment and, the right to affiliate freely with other individuals. Associates are free to choose whether to join a trade union or not and as a result of our coaching and the Equal Opportunities statement, we offer an environment which is free from harassment and unlawful discrimination.

We ensure our working practices are in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and all employment legislation. We do not engage in forced or involuntary labour and have a zero tolerance approach to the same, meaning we do not tolerate any of our suppliers engaging in such conduct. We require suppliers to certify that they do not participate in any forced or involuntary labour with their workers, subcontractors, agents or associates by accepting The Arkema Group’s Code of Conduct for Bostik Ltd.

Bostik Ltd work in accordance with the European Court of Human Rights guidance and requirements.

Due dilligence processes

We use reasonable endeavours to conduct risk assessments of all third parties ensuring that we are in receipt of their own Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement as a declaration of their responsibilities and compliance.

We aim to ensure that our performance indicators do not put pressure on or influence any modern slavery risk through the negotiation of agreed performance targets with our suppliers.

The global scale of the supply chain increases the risk of not being able to directly monitor the impact of operations of slavery and trafficking outside of our primary supply partners, however we feel that the collation and commitment of the suppliers own slavery and human trafficking statements does allow us to understand the impact and risks that may exist within our supply chain and monitor any action plans in place.

The smaller primary suppliers, who are not required to produce a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, increase our inability to be able to monitor this as effectively. On this basis we require a written acceptance from them of Arkema’s Suppliers Code of Conduct.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide relevant training and support to ensure compliance in this area.