We aim to reduce the impact that both our operations and our customers have on the environment. Our products are designed to perform better than their predecessors, be that lighter, more efficient or resulting in less waste. Around the world, our sites and employees work hard to support the communities in which they operate. As a company, GKN contributes by building partnerships with schools and academic institutions, and inspiring future engineers. Our relationships are conducted with open and honest communication.
Most GKN sites are actively involved in a huge variety of different projects, supporting their local communities, donating time to good causes and raising money for charitable projects around the world. Sometimes these are corporate initiatives, but in many cases projects and initiatives are instigated by employees. GKN calls this outstanding community involvement ‘Hearts of Gold’, and awards are given out every year to employees to celebrate the most inspiring examples, and to encourage others to follow their lead.
Support for young people is central to our Hearts of Gold activity. This includes inspiring children and young adults to study science and maths and consider a career in engineering through work experience and apprenticeships; and sponsoring education, technology institutions and events. In 2015, GKN invested £1 million in 271 significant projects aimed at supporting young people. These projects touched the lives of more than 70,000 young people in 30 countries. GKN in China continued its successful student sponsorship scheme, while in the UK GKN launched ‘See Inside GKN’, a project to invite hundreds of young people to visit our sites.
Our Hearts of Gold microsite, ensures that even more of these activities are collected and recognised. The site encourages employees from around the world to post and share their community activity.
At GKN, we are committed to playing our part in the protection of the environment, both in the operation of our facilities and the design of our products.
Our production operations are required to achieve certification to the internationally recognised environmental management system standard ISO 14001 which requires a commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance.
We measure the impact of our operations on the environment against the key performance indicators of energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions, water usage, waste generation and recycled waste. We are committed to continuous improvement in our environmental performance and are taking action to address each of these impact areas. We apply GKN Lean Enterprise techniques to energy efficiency and waste reduction programmes, both in offices and at manufacturing locations.