Incorporating safety, health, environment, energy, quality and responsible sourcing
Forterra considers effective management of safety, health, environment, energy and quality to be of prime importance to the sustained success of the business. We take an integrated approach towards all our business processes and have a single sustainability policy, which is regularly reviewed for continuing suitability and appropriateness.
We communicate our policy to all employees, contractors, visitors and other key stakeholders seeking to ensure it is understood and implemented. Our policy is made available to our supply chain and other interested parties to inform and promote wider adoption of responsible practices. As an absolute minimum, we comply with the law and other regulatory requirements applicable to our business.
The resourcing and implementation of this policy is the responsibility of our management team. Co-operation in the effective implementation of the policy is a condition of employment, partnership and supply.
We strive for the prevention of injury and ill health in the workplace. We value our workforce and by recruitment, selection and development of employees, contractors and suppliers, ensure that they are appropriately skilled and competent to carry out their roles. We strive for the fair treatment of our employees and everyone in our supply chain.
We provide employment, economic activity using local sourcing and local business where appropriate and practical, and build our business on the basis of responsible practices. We encourage our employees, contractors, visitors and supply chain to operate in accordance with these practices and we actively engage with our customers, communities and other stakeholders to promote their wider adoption.
We identify and consult with local community stakeholders affected by our operations. We inform our customers about the functional, environmental and safety performance of our products. We engage with our stakeholders to encourage innovative development of our products, services and manufacturing systems to continually improve sustainable performance throughout the product lifecycle and build a profitable and sustainable business.
We set targets for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions and aim to reduce our use of fossil fuels by energy efficiency and seeking alternative and renewable energy sources. We promote best practices through enabling sustainable construction, including use of life-cycle analysis and support our customers in this approach. When procuring services and goods that can have an impact on significant energy use, we inform suppliers that procurement is partly evaluated on the basis of energy performance.
We strive for the prevention of pollution and the minimisation of environmental harm. We use resources appropriately and sustainably and, where appropriate, substitute primary resources with alternative materials. We adopt the waste reduction hierarchy of waste prevention, reuse of materials, recycling, and energy recovery to minimise waste disposal and maximise productivity.
We develop products that improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment and we seek to eliminate all non- conforming products, maximising customer satisfaction.