We constantly strive to minimise any negative impact that our operations could cause to the environment and each of our operating locations contributes to the local communities in which they operate.
Our Board is responsible for developing and managing the Group’s strategy on matters including health and safety, diversity, compliance with ethical trading practices, conflict minerals, and modern slavery and human trafficking.
The commitment, enthusiasm and skill of the people who work for Volex are critical if the Group is to continue its successful transformation.
Equality and human rights
Volex is committed to generating benefits for all its stakeholders while ensuring that it does not infringe the human rights of others. We recognise that our employees are crucial to the ongoing success of the business and to how the company is regarded by the wider market, and believe that all employees should be treated equally, fairly and with respect.
Actively listening and involving our employees is an essential part of our daily work and employee – management forums are common across our organisation
Modern slavery is a fundamental violation of human rights. It takes various forms, all of which seek to deprive a person of their liberty for another’s commercial or personal gain.
Volex has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of its supply chains, or its own business. As required by UK law, we also publish a Modern Slavery Transparency Statement, which is available on our website. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
Health and Safety
Volex maintains stringent safety practices and implements industry best practice across the Group. Each manufacturing site conducts programme training, risk assessments and regular management reviews to identify safety risks and ensure compliance with industry best practice.
All sites comply with local law and regulations relating to health and safety, and most have ISO45001 or equivalent accreditation. A new health and safety policy was approved by the Board and rolled out in 2019.
Involvement With Our Communities
Volex strives to become involved in local events and activities in the areas where it has sites. For example, in Tijuana, Mexico, each year staff collect presents and food which they deliver to local care home residents over Christmas.
During the year, GTK staff raised thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a London hospital for children, through sponsorship of and participation in the London to Brighton bicycle ride and through direct donations at Christmas. Our Silcotec business donates €3,000 every year to a local orphanage in the town of Komarno, where its Slovakian production site is based.
Customers and Suppliers
Just as Volex’s customers around the world demand strict adherence to high environmental and ethical standards, we demand the same of our suppliers, requiring them to sign up to a Supplier Code of Conduct that mirrors the standards we set for ourselves.
All of the traditional Volex sites and our recently acquired sites are ISO9001 certified. Sites focused on medical equipment have ISO13485 accreditation and sites focused on the aerospace sector have AS9100D accreditation. We aim to meet any additional requirements explicitly requested by our customers.
Volex has a dedicated policy addressing the issue of conflict minerals. We are committed to avoiding the use of conflict minerals in our products, and we ask our suppliers to ensure that materials used in components and products they supply to us, including tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, are conflict-free.
Our Impact On The Environment
We comply with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements in the jurisdictions in which we operate. We monitor the environmental impact of our business activities and encourage employee awareness of waste reduction, recycling and responsible disposal. Nine of our manufacturing sites are ISO14001 certified and have local waste reduction and/or pollution-prevention programmes.
We are compliant with the provisions of EU RoHS and EU REACH, and implement stringent controls to eliminate the use of hazardous substances. Our products are free from MCCP, phthalates, lead and DINP. We also offer a range of halogen-free cables.
Volex undertakes full carbon reporting as part of our commitment to sustainable environmental practices. Using data taken from all our worldwide sites over the past financial year, our energy use and emissions are assessed in accordance with the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reporting guidelines, using the 2019 emission conversion factors developed by Defra and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
We have undertaken initiatives to help to reduce our carbon emissions. For example, we are expanding our use of electric vehicles where possible and implementing energy-use reduction programmes in our production sites, as well as relying where possible on renewable energy sources.