Unipart Group, one of Europe’s premier private manufacturing, logistics and consultancy companies, has scored 100% in the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Index – the UK’s leading benchmark of responsible business. Unipart is a founding member of OCF’s local Reciprocate responsible business group.
The CR Index is a benchmarking tool developed by Business in the Community, which assesses companies against a diverse range of factors. It provides businesses with a robust framework to provide evidence of how they systematically measure, manage and integrate responsible business practice into mainstream business strategy and operations. Unipart has been awarded five stars – the highest rating possible – for a second year in a row.
The assessment highlighted Unipart’s commitment to corporate responsibility as an integrated, long-term philosophy rather than individual initiatives. Corporate responsibility is recognised as part of the company’s values and demonstrated through the day-to-day activities of its people, including people development and employee wellbeing programmes; leadership and talent development; ethical procurement; environmentally sound practices; health and safety; and community engagement.
Commenting on the award, Unipart Chairman and Group Chief Executive John Neill said: “To score 100% is an amazing achievement for people across our group of companies. The CR Index is a demanding, evidence-based process. It is fully in line with the philosophy and principles of The Unipart Way, which engages all our people in searching for thousands of improvements every day.
“The 100% rating demonstrates that companies can achieve exceptional results for corporate responsibility while continuing to raise levels of productivity and deliver strong performance. By empowering our employees, we find solutions that work for our business as well as for the communities in which we operate.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Genuine responsible business starts in the engine room of companies. It’s about how companies translate their values into behaviour and decision-making, create the right culture and drive societal and economic value in the process.
“The CR Index helps companies take an in-depth look at their business from the inside out and it’s encouraging to see companies increasingly integrate responsible business at all levels of an organisation. I congratulate Unipart for achieving its ranking and look forward to working together to create a more sustainable future.”
To join and learn from Unipart and other like-minded companies in Oxfordshire, become a member of our responsible business group Reciprocate.