Our 2020 HSQE vision centres around numerous targets and campaigns, including the drive to become net-zero by 2023. Net-zero means achieving a balance between the emission we produce and the emissions taken out of the atmosphere.
Our vision includes:
Reducing energy consumption per £million of turnover
Introducing solar panels for on-site power generation
Creating a circular supply chain versus our current linear model
Prioritising sustainable and ethical procurement
Ensuring our supply chain is free of modern slavery via Anti-Slavery policy checks
The health and safety of our workforce remain our utmost priority, as we continue to champion our Work Safe, Home Safe culture and working practices. Our aim is to attain standards of health and safety in the workplace that exceeds legal requirements and Approved Codes of Practice. To achieve this we are developing a sustainable system and culture to help us deliver a safe and efficient service to our clients. We will strive to create collaborative working practices with our clients to ensure the safety of the workforce engaged at the client’s workplace. Health, safety, and the respect of the environment are integral parts of Morson’s fundamental performance. We continually work towards the establishment of advanced formal management systems for Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS).
In 2019, our Safety Matters Close Call App received 2,011 close calls, up from 1,320 in 2018. This demonstrates continued buy-in across our operations, with each close call enabling us to deliver proactive actions. Our mobile Safety Units also continued engaging with front line workers, clients and more, by delivering health and safety briefings and promoting correct working behaviours. We also successfully transitioned to ISO 45001 from BS OHSAS 18001 in 2019, together with strengthening our health and safety management systems.
Our health and safety advisors are:
Morson Talent| Gareth Morris, group director of health, safety, quality & environmental compliance
Vital | Dhiru Gadhia, head of HSQE
Anderselite | Katie Hancock, safety and compliance manager
Morson Projects | Sam Bowles, compliance manager (security controller)
Waldeck | Warren Monks, associate director – head of HSQE
“We live the safety core value by planning and working safely. We intervene if situations or the behaviours of others are unsafe, and promote our initiative Work Safe, Home Safe across the business.” Gareth Morris | Associate Director
Promoting safe behaviour in the workplace is a critical part of the management of health and safety because behaviour turns policies and procedures into reality. We recognise that good systems alone will not eradicate the risk of harm in the workplace. We need to evolve the culture of the workforce to achieve zero harm.
The benefits of a behavioural safety approach are;
A personal commitment to safe behaviour and intervention
A management commitment to improving safety
The increased profile of Health and Safety throughout the business
The workforce engagement in safety
The workforce learn to act promptly on unsafe acts or behaviour
To help achieve this we have created a behavioural safety initiative called Work Safe Home Safe. Our aim is for our entire workforce to understand the need for personal cultural change and to understand how to embed safe working in individual responsibilities in the workplace.
We believe that addressing safety behaviours in addition to the continual development of company policies and processes provides a balanced approach that may be tailored to the specifics of each workplace and client.
Our environmental focus is driven by a moral compass to do the right thing and a desire to be the best. We strive to minimise our environmental impact through positive and sustainable actions that drive measurable improvement, and we continue rethinking operational practices to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to download a copy of our latest Sustainability Report.
Morson has become a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, allowing the company to collaborate to improve efficiency and success across the supply chain.
The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) provides practical support across all issues of sustainability, both social and economic. This ranges from energy, waste, and construction to employment skills and business ethics. Becoming a partner member not only gives Morson access to the resources but a valuable voice in industry discussions across all issues of sustainability. The partner dashboard also allows unique online statistics and data identifying the strengths and weaknesses on the issue of sustainability. This allows companies to benchmark their knowledge and progression in key areas, and create an action plan.
Morson originally joined the School in November 2015 and joining as a partner comes after the company attained the Gold Award accreditation in October 2017, demonstrating greater levels of sustainability competence and engagement with the school upon reassessment.
Almost three-quarters of our emissions are derived from our fleet and we continue to monitor the automotive market as manufacturers work to develop new technology. Canning Town became the first branch to adopt a fully electric vehicle, and, as the technology gathers pace and improves, we are committed to adopting further models. Vital Human Resources became the first business unit to adopt Shell’s fuel card scheme, Destination: Carbon Neutral, followed by Morson International in early 2020. By opting in, a decision that involved an extra 1p spend on every litre of fuel, we receive the benefit of offsetting our carbon emissions. Using the card enables Shell to track our fleet’s CO2 consumption and purchase carbon credits equivalent to this figure, which are then offset through its portfolio of nature-based projects. We also ensured our entire fleet became ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) compliant with an ongoing vehicle renewals programme that began in January and ended in June. As part of our Silver Safety Campaign, we held a Driving at Work Consequences awareness day together with clients and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.
We continue to develop our quality management system and our behavioural cycle of ‘Plan, Do, Check’. We passed two external surveillance audits, together with numerous external and internal audits, all with flying colours, which gives us reassurance and third-party verification of our working practices. Our current ISO standards include: