Ethics, Inclusion and Diversity
Our Code of Ethics reflects our Integrity, as articulated in our Core Values, and forms part of the newly introduced "Our Vision". It defines what is expected of all our employees. It particularly emphasises safety, respecting human rights, taking personal ownership for actions and communicating with openness and involvement.
The overriding basis of the Code is that we will carry out our business activities in a safe, professional, legal and ethical manner, and in a way that demonstrates corporate social responsibility and sustainability. For example, one of our key employment standards in the Codes is "We won't engage or support forced labor. We won't employ young people under the age of 15, or older if defined by law". We ensure we have no child labor and no Forced or Compulsory Labor.
The Code acknowledges internationally proclaimed human rights. These are also reflected in our overall employment policies and standards, providing our employees with reassurance on how they will be treated. Our Equal Opportunities and Diversity policy aims to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion and beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, union membership, political affiliation, or any other status protected by law.
Global Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) is a key issue for many companies, being widely recognized as enhancing both corporate value and the working lives of employees. NSG Group is firmly committed to further improve its own I&D, embracing the internally and externally declared Statement of Intent and one of our Core Values, "Respect Others and Unleash their Potential".
Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) actions for 2019 have largely focused on building increased awareness of I&D and further developing our activities across the Group. Each Strategic Business Unit and Function have made progress on their own local and regional action plans, and these have been reviewed by Senior Leaders on a quarterly basis at our senior management meetings. All of our Managers have now completed Unconscious Bias training.
Centrally, the Global I&D Steering Committee has designed a special logo which is being used on all of our I&D Communications. Newsletters have been produced on a regular basis which have promoted the activities which have taken place, including recognition of International Women's Day and International Day of People with Disabilities, and concepts such as the importance of inclusive leadership have also been covered.
Our Employee Resource Group Guidelines have been drafted, and during 2020-2024 we are working on implementing a range of development programmes to promote increased female leadership in the organization. There has also been a review of recruitment practices across the Group to ensure all of our activities during 2020-2024 are fair and inclusive.