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CSR governance

Monitoring our performance

A central part of being a sustainable business is operating with integrity and responsibility. Effective governance is critical to ensuring that we live up to our principles and standards and also that we deliver on our sustainability agenda.

To improve alignment with the Group’s existing corporate governance framework at a regional level, and to further enhance reporting and reduce duplication, a review of the Company’s Board Committees resulted in the removal of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee, with effect from 28 April 2016.

Aspects of Group CSR performance are now monitored by the Board and the Audit Committee and at regional and local levels through combined audit and CSR committees. This structure supports the embedding of CSR and sustainability principles across the Group and allows performance against those principles to be monitored.

Framework for CSR

Our Framework for CSR  is based on our Business Principles and was developed in collaboration with stakeholders. It takes each of our Core Beliefs and sets out how we see our role in each of these areas – where we should take the lead, where we should work with others and where we think others should take the lead.

Regional and local committees

At regional and local levels, the Group has combined audit and CSR committees, with the exception of a small number of local audit and CSR committees that have remained separate. The structure aims to support the embedding of CSR and sustainability principles across the Group and to allow performance against those principles to be monitored. The regional audit and CSR committees meet three times annually, and they follow a standard agenda, in order that materials and issues that are presented and raised at regional level may feed into Board level discussions, and vice versa.

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