Our Strategy | Blauberg UK
Our Partnership is governed by a written Constitution which is based on clear and enduring principles and rules. It sets out our responsibilities to each other, to the environment and those with whom we build strong relationships including suppliers, customers, and communities.
The Partnership takes an integrated approach to being a more sustainable, ethical business. Focusing on six areas, each is critical if we are to protect the planet and respect and support the interests of all those touched by our business.
People in supply chains
Protecting the rights of workers in our supply chains and championing worker voice.
Raw materials sourcing
Sourcing our raw materials more sustainably, and collaborating with others to drive industry wide change.
Circularity & waste
Designing with circularity in mind and eradicating waste.
Building strong relationships with people inside and outside our business is key to delivering our vision for ethics and sustainability and long-term business success. It is important we listen and respond to their concerns, are honest in our expectations and fair in how we communicate our performance.
When sharing our ethics and sustainability priorities and progress we consider material information to be that which is of greatest interest to, and which has the potential to affect the perception of, those stakeholders who wish to make informed decisions and judgements about our commitment to sustainability. Our key stakeholders are our Partners, customers and local communities where we operate, our suppliers, Government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and campaign groups.
We completed a full review of our Ethics and Sustainability Strategy. This enabled us to identify priority focus areas where we can have the greatest impact, as well as the key areas where we need to take sufficient action to remain credible; these are an integral part of our five-year Partnership Plan.
Strong governance of our management and mitigation of our sustainability and ethics risks is critical to ensure we meet and exceed our commitment to be a force for good. The Executive Team, led by Graham Slade, sets the strategic direction for sustainability and ethics across the Partnership.
The Blauberg UK Sustainability & Ethics Committee is led by Jackie Goggans.
In line with end of year reporting, we undertake annual independent limited assurance over selected data points. For the 2020/21 financial year this process was carried out by Mazars.
For any remaining reported information, the Partnership’s sustainability and ethics team determine which assertions are deemed to be high-risk, or to have an inherent significant risk of error and/or impact on reputation if mis-stated. The team then carries out testing, which includes a range of evidence-gathering procedures. For some assertions testing might be directing specific and targeted enquiries to other Partners closely involved in relevant activities, while for some it may include corroborating information with third-party documentation, or recalculating data sets. Where the team is unable to obtain appropriate corroborating evidence, the assertion is not published; where evidence contradicts the assertion, amendments are made.