To continue to develop an engaging and inclusive workforce where our employees feel valued and can fulfil their potential.
To build relationships with the local community, provide support where needed, and leave a lasting legacy.
To place the highest priority on health and safety as we continue to pursue our zero-harm ambition.
Our values define who we are and how we interact, with each other, our customers, our suppliers
and our communities. Our values guide our everyday actions, the decisions we make, and shape
our culture, enabling us to fulfil our unique purpose to provide Healthy air, sustainably.
Living our values
"We were very proud to be awarded, in collaboration with AO Recycling and Ultra Polymers Group, the prestigious ‘Excellence in Recycling Award’, in the category of ‘Recycled Product of the Year’! To be part of this effective collaboration, transforming the recycling landscape, has been a fantastic experience for us all, and together, we have demonstrated the power of innovation, and sustainability, by creating innovative products made from recycled plastics. This recognition celebrates our collective commitment to reducing the environmental impact, and finding innovative solutions to global challenges. By giving recycled goods a second life, we are contributing to a more sustainable future. The success of this project is testament to the transformative potential of recycling."
UK Head of Procurement
"A sustainability mindset is key to fulfilling our purpose and we cultivate this by actively engaging our employees to submit proposals that will support the business to achieve its carbon reduction targets. Nisha Desai from the warehouse team in Auckland was the winner of the ‘Sustainability Ideas’ competition."
Managing Director, Australasia
"I am delighted that the company continues to make significant investment to grow our operations. The most recent investment in four automatic presses will not just increase our production capacity of counterflow heat exchangers but will also improve our production efficiency and quality."
Chief Operating Officer, ERI Macedonia
"At the age of 65, I was determined to run the London marathon to prove that no matter your age, you can achieve what you set your mind to by putting in the appropriate training. I also wanted to raise money for Young Lives v/s Cancer as this charity has played a significant supporting role in the lives of two of my colleagues."
Operations Director, National Ventilation
Employee engagement is critical to our success and we believe that when our employees are engaged, they are more creative and more productive. We are committed to creating a workplace where employees feel valued and empowered to achieve their best.
Our global employee engagement forum is hosted twice a year and is attended by representatives from all group companies as well as Non-Executive Board member, Claire Tiney. This is a great opportunity for the group management team to share strategic updates with participants and to actively listen to what’s working well and what can be further improved at the local level. On the request of participants, the most recent forum was focused on new product development and the feedback was extremely positive.
As part of our continued efforts to strengthen employee engagement, we are launching our first ever global employee engagement survey – Volution Voices. This survey will give us valuable insights into how our employees are feeling about their work, organisation culture and the company as a whole. We will use the results of the survey to inform our engagement agenda and to make further improvements to our workplace.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
Our employees represent different nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. We recognise that fostering a culture that is inclusive and equitable is essential to fully leveraging the power of this diversity. Our strength lies in the diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills that our workforce possesses and this has proven to be a catalyst for innovation and growth.
In 2023, we launched our DEI steering group, with representation from all operating regions and CEO sponsorship, to assist in shaping our DEI framework. The steering group’s role is to drive accountability across the business, championing DEI activities at the local level and reporting progress to the sustainability committee.
Supporting employee wellbeing is critical to strengthening workplace resilience. The COVID pandemic has left a significant impact on physical and especially mental health, likely to be felt for many years to come. This has been exacerbated by the current challenging economic environment.
In the UK, the wellbeing campaign ‘Taking care of mental health is a team effort, let’s support each other at work’ was launched earlier in the year. Communication around the Employee Assistance Program was reinforced to break the stigma around mental health and to encourage employees to actively seek assistance. Employees across all sites actively participated in the ‘Wear it Green’ day to raise awareness of mental health. The first group of mental health first aiders were trained and certified by Mental Health First Aid England with an aim to provide early on-site support.
In Belgium, colleagues regularly join a lunch-time workout session encouraging each other to reach their fitness goals whilst colleagues in the Nordics combine exercise and friendly competition in the Padel-Tennis tournament.
“Mental health is vitally important for both society and our business. Being able to break the stigma, to encourage understanding and acceptance of these issues puts individuals in a better position to gain help and be more likely to flourish in their personal and professional lives. The training equipped me with fundamental skills on how to respond in an empathetic, compassionate, and informed way. This training has had a significant impact on me.”
UK Finance Controller
Responsible procurement is a responsibility we take seriously and we recognise that the decisions we make when selecting suppliers can have consequences on the environment and communities.
Our responsible procurement processes also aim to manage and mitigate supply chain risks.
Over the past two years, we have made progress ensuring that our suppliers comply with our code of conduct, policies on the prevention of bribery and corruption and modern slavery.
We have carried out more desktop assessments and on-site audits for those suppliers deemed to be higher risk.
Since the return to business travel this year, our Group procurement director has visited our Chinese suppliers, further enhancing the relationships we have developed through our China–Britain Business Council sourcing office in Hangzho.
The Board is regularly updated on material supplier matters, and Supplier audit reviews are presented to and discussed by the Audit Committee as part of its work in connection with the Group modern slavery policy and statement.