The key objective of the Group's Directors and Operational Management teams is to remain focused on delivering 'Continuous Improvement' in relation to the overall objectives and 'performance measurables' for the business units. We adhere to high standards laid down in policies that deliver the best outcome for individual business teams, locations and, indeed, our suppliers and customers. The same approach is applied to our corporate social and business sustainability policies.
Our key Group objectives embrace Health & Safety, energy consumption within our operations, fleet vehicle fuel consumption and emissions, wasteful packaging, personnel travel, flexibility for staff compassionate leave (combined with pastoral care), ethical sourcing and supply chain freight logistics.
As stakeholders are aware, an increasing number of multi-national customers now undertake audits when validating potential new suppliers, therefore, our responsibility to further develop our own corporate social and business sustainability activities continues to evolve and extends beyond business ethics, environmental and community to include essential major customer compliance.
At local level, we encourage 'loaning' of staff, or other relevant Company resources to, for example, local charities, youth organisations, and hospices in order to assist and support them with their community activities. We consider that this approach adds more value, appreciation and satisfaction to all involved wherever possible, rather than indulging in 'cheque book charity'.
TR has developed close links with local educational facilities across the spectrum and actively promotes opportunities for work experience, classroom seminars, pupil and staff visits as we believe that this generally fosters a better level of understanding between TR as potential employers and the future providers of possible applicants for employment.
For example, IMAGE our Apprenticeship scheme and NVQ Business studies programme at TR Uckfield has given opportunities to a group of young local people who wanted to enter the workplace rather than proceed to further education. Now in its fourth year, this successful module is to be rolled out to other locations and we are very pleased to say that from this scheme we have developed a group of young enthusiastic people who have acquired new skills and understanding, and who are now using these to add value throughout the Uckfield business unit. They have acted as TR ambassadors and visited local schools to support our programme, as part of their own career and life development programme. As a business, we fully endorse the UK Government in its aim to support and encourage businesses to offer apprenticeship schemes for young people, to ensure that we encourage a steady inflow of 'new blood' into industry and that they can be trained to learn and become the next generation of business leaders.
The business and the community
Trifast recognises the role local communities play in our businesses. We aspire to be a responsible partner in the communities in which we operate around the world. We encourage all our businesses to support the particular needs of their communities by contributing to local charities and community initiatives.
Most of our financial contributions to charities come from the effort and personal involvement of our staff around the Group, with tangible support from the Directors with regard to allowing flexible working, auctions, dressing up days and the use of our premises for fund raising. Not only does this provide real benefits to local communities but has the distinct advantage of further enhancing team spirit amongst our staff.