It is an honour to be writing this introduction as the new Chief Executive Officer for Unipart Group. When I was appointed late in 2022 it gave me an enormous sense of pride to be leading an organisation not only with such a strong potential for long term sustainable growth, but with responsible business so ingrained in its culture.
I have a position of incredible privilege in Unipart because I work with the widest range of people throughout the Group. In all those interactions I’ve witnessed first hand the conscientiousness our people bring to the workplace and the enormous value they place on sustainability. They are empowered to do so by The Unipart Way.
The Unipart Way is the beating heart of our culture, demonstrated in the way we think, the way we work, and the way we behave. Through our philosophy of meeting the real and perceived needs of our customers better than anyone else, and serving them better than anyone else, has grown the relentless pursuit of identifying and driving out non-value adding activity to make our business more sustainable.
Welcome to Corporate Responsibility
The Unipart Way, the latest report on our responsible business activity at Unipart Group.
Unipart is a supply chain and manufacturing company with headquarters in Oxford and operating in 72 locations worldwide. Unipart employs over 12,000 people and has a £1bn turnover.
Unipart’s strategy is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN Sustainable Development Goals
No Poverty Supporting colleagues to take control of their finances through a financial wellbeing programme; employee savings, debt management services and employee loans:
• Encouraging discussion
• Improving financial awareness
• Encourage planning and saving
We support the Oxford Food Hub, a charity local to Unipart House and our Cowley Distribution Centre. The charity rescues surplus food from going to landfill and redistributes it to charities, schools, and community organisations across Oxfordshire
Good Health and Well-being
• Employee and Family Assistance Programme
• Wellbeing Champions on site to lead internal awareness programmes, signpost colleagues to help and support, and lead in the wellbeing arena for all colleagues
• CSR/Wellbeing calendar established, which focuses on key awareness days/months, highlighting key issues that our colleagues may experience and need support with throughout their career with Unipart Quality Education • Digital Day for young people accessing STEM workplaces
• We maintain strong connections with local schools and educational facilities
• We offer Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes Gender Equality
• We continue to report on our Gender Pay Gap
• We actively drive policies and procedures to close the gender pay gap over time
• We support those who are working carers to be able to participate in work and be remunerated fairly for their work Clean Water and Sanitation
• We continue to monitor our water consumption as a responsibility to our planet. We also report on water wastage and strive to eliminate wastage anywhere we can
• Water consumption targets and activities
• Provision of clean safe drinking water at our sites in India Affordable and Clean Energy
At Unipart we monitor our Co2 Emissions and energy consumption of both gas and electricity to observe our targets and aim towards more sustainably sourced energy that is in line with the Global Goals.
• Use of renewables
• Battery technology research
• Encourage use of fuel efficient cars
• Electric car charging points at Unipart sites Decent Work and Economic Growth
• Digital transformation using the tools and techniques of The Unipart Way
• Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes
• Human Rights and employment of young people
• Health and Safety
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
• Implementing digital technology across the rail network
• Advanced Institute of Manufacturing and Engineering - Unipart's unique collaboration with Coventry University to equip engineering students with skills and experience for the workplace
• We have an established Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging agenda
• We have introduced a Diversity and Inclusion Steering group to support ongoing work into the area of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
• We celebrate a diverse workforce through multiple CSR activities such as religious festival celebrations and luncheons
• We have policies, which establish our fundamental duties to our people and ensuring we reduce inequality by following our policies Sustainable Cities and Communities E-car charging points on site to encourage greener vehicle choices
• Hyperbat - a joint venture between Unipart and Williams Advanced Engineering to produce electric vehicle batteries
• Electric car charging points at Unipart sites
• Responsible Products and Services
• Engaging our customers in responsible behaviours
• Supporting our customers’ CSR programmes Climate Action
• Monitoring use of gas, electricity and water
• Reporting on our reduction in gas, electricity, CO2 and water consumption
• E-car charging points at all UK sites.
• Reducing plastic and reporting on waste recycled
Life Below Water
Elimination of single-use plastic from the Sky supply chain as part of Sky Ocean Rescue Life on Land
Overall recycling rate of 97%, reducing waste to landfill
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
• Whistleblowing policy
• Anti-bribery and corruption
• Anti-racism Policy
• Human Rights Policy
• EDIBs Agenda
Partnerships for the Goals
• Business in the Community (BiTC)
• B4 Oxford business network
• Salary Finance
• Make UK
• CBI Andy Pyne
Group Chief Sustainability Officer
We must work together with all our stakeholders to lower the carbon of our supply chain operations. This means embedding carbon consciousness into every level of our organisation and fundamentally changing the future shape of our business and our customers’ supply chains.
Through our Race To Zero commitment, as a Group, we are focused on initiatives to eliminate carbon from our operations and supply chain.
Although the climate crisis is challenging, by applying continuous improvement principles and working together, we will fulfil our Race To Zero pledge. Unipart’s prolonged achievement in health, safety, and environmental sustainability demonstrates its ability to adapt and evolve systems to meet increasingly sophisticated audit criteria, maintaining a market-leading standard.
Unipart has made excellent progress in reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions, earning the British Safety Council Globe of Honour for ten consecutive years. Our green initiatives and the use of The Unipart Way have been instrumental in this achievement.
Scope 3 emissions involve challenging suppliers and customers to reduce their scope 1 and 2 emissions. Our aim is to find different approaches to support stakeholders in reducing their carbon impact. We have developed and continue to review and evolve our carbon action plan, including scope 3 emissions, against a 2021 baseline.
Our 2040 net-zero target and 2030 near-term target of reaching an at least 90% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative, we commit to publish progress against this annually.
We support our people to reduce our emissions and improve our sustainability performance. It is important that we support our colleagues with the knowledge and capability to both understand their impacts and reduce them at home and work. Our role is to not just make an impact through their time at work, but throughout all they do. We support increased carbon consciousness of our organisation and our people.
Chief Sustainability Officer’s Introduction
Scope 2 Emissions
Indirect emissions from purchased energy
Scope 1 Emissions
Direct emissions from operations
Scope 3 Emissions
All other emissions associated with
activities throughout the value chain
In August 2023, The Science Based Target initiative validated Unipart’s scope 1 and 2 near-term targets. The SBTi also validated scope 1, 2, and 3 long-term targets as aligned with SBTi’s 1.5°C science-based net-zero pathways by 2050 or sooner. Unipart is committed to updating its carbon reduction plans and progress via the SBTi portal annually and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2040.
Unipart has made significant strides in its sustainability efforts. In just one year, the company has successfully eliminated 140,956 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from its value chain.
To achieve a 90% reduction in emissions across Scopes 1,2 & 3
of carbon dioxide equivalent
(end of 2022)
Unipart has reduced
3,781 tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent in Scope 1 and 2
137,175 tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent in Scope 3 operations
Reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions
Operational Excellence Manager Russell Hayes is among the host of employees recognised last year for delivering outstanding customer service with a Mark in Action award.
For many organisations, the Covid pandemic sharpened the approach to employee wellbeing. For Unipart, total wellbeing was already embedded into its processes and interactions. This commitment was recognised by the British Safety Council as Unipart was the first company to go through its supplementary wellbeing audit last year, and the company looks forward to taking part in their new ‘Shield of Honour’ wellbeing benchmark in 2023.
Recognising sustainable behaviours
He showed initiative and leadership in reducing energy consumption across the NHS Supply Chain, a Unipart Logistics customer. Russell used The Unipart Way tools to reduce energy consumption at NHS Maidstone before engaging his peers in the wider network to apply his methodology, which in the first year led to a £275,000 cost saving.
Unipart cannot operate and achieve its strategic goals without engaged employees who feel appreciated and motivated to deliver for customers. In 2022, the annual employee engagement survey found Unipart had three times the amount of 'actively' engaged colleagues than the average company.
Last year, Unipart introduced the CARE recognition framework which empowers everyone at Unipart to recognise positive, inclusive, respectful behaviour which delivers excellence for customers, communities, and the environment. These behaviours embody The Unipart Way values.
Unipart has a longstanding partnership with the Oxford Food Hub, a charity that redistributes surplus food to the most vulnerable people in the county through a network of more than 200 charities. Earlier this year, experts in The Unipart Way volunteered their creative problem solving skills to the Oxford Food Hub, introducing digital technology to the charity so they could record the volume, weight, and value of the products they redistribute. This invaluable data directly helps the charity to raise money and awareness with stakeholders and donors.
Outside of the Big Charity Challenge, there is no let up in activities to benefit local communities, and every day examples of sites raising money and awareness of local charities are shared on Spark, Unipart’s internal social collaboration platform.
As a responsible business, Unipart has long strived to bring value to the communities in which it operates. Unipart Executive Chairman John Neill was Business in the Community Board of Trustees director from 1992 to 2022, playing a key role in determining the charity’s mission and purpose while safeguarding its values. Unipart continues to be an active member of the Business in the Community South East Leadership Board, a team of senior executives providing strategic guidance and support to create more sustainable and prosperous communities across the region.
Unipart has maintained ISO 14001 certification for over 15 years, granted by the British Standards Institution. ISO 14001 is an internationally-recognised standard that guides organisations in effectively managing their environmental responsibilities.
Unipart was awarded three more gold medals in The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards. Unipart Logistics sites Nuneaton and Honeybourne both achieved a fifth consecutive gold against the RoSPA criteria.
Unipart was awarded a Globe of Honour for sustainability for the 10th consecutive year in 2022. This accomplishment reflects Unipart’s continuous efforts to maintain high standards in environmental sustainability. The company’s success is attributed to the dedication of subject matter experts and the engagement of all employees. The British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour Award is given to organisations who exemplify acknowledgement and management of their environmental impact. To qualify, Unipart needed to pass a safety audit and show excellent environmental management in areas such as energy, waste and pollution. This is a prestigious award that recognises commitment to sustainability.
In 2022, Unipart secured yet more British Safety Council Swords of Honour, taking its tally to more than 60 since 2011, more than any other organisation in its sectors. A Sword of Honour is seen as the pinnacle of world-class health and safety, and can only be achieved by scoring five stars in the British Safety Council audit, a feat Unipart registered in 2022 for the 12th consecutive year.
Unipart achieved an Ecovadis silver award sustainability rating in both 2020 and 2023.
In addition, Unipart Logistics scored over 95% in the British Safety Council Five Star Environmental Sustainability Audit in 2022/23 – its highest ever rating
The future of the planet relies on everyone as individuals and organisations to take collective responsibility for driving change and creating more sustainable ways of working to protect the environment.
Dr David McGorman
Unipart Technologies Group Managing Director
Our Growth in the Green Economy strategy ensures Unipart is committed to the ongoing and accelerated identification of new technology.
Unipart has been developing and delivering cleaner, more sustainable service solutions to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and customer supply chains for nearly 50 years.
We operate in a number of sectors responsible for the highest carbon impacts on the environment, which means we bring this experience and capability to support customers to accelerate their focus on lowering energy consumption and reducing environmental impact in industries including; manufacturing, utilities, technology, transport and construction.
Unipart Rail’s Solar Power Control Cabinet (SPCC) offers a green alternative to standard trackside power, supporting carbon reduction and reducing infrastructure costs. It provides a local regenerative power solution for low power assets, utilising solar power harvesting and a methanol power cell backup. The SPCC includes remote condition monitoring to ensure reliable power supply in challenging locations.
Unipart’s extensive experience in measuring and reducing carbon emissions, setting science-based net zero targets, and deploying digital technologies positions Unipart to embed sustainable principles for long-term partner success.
Hyperbat, a joint venture between Unipart and WAE Technologies, is an electric vehicle (EV) battery facility focused on supporting low volume, high-performance vehicles and mid volume specialist vehicle applications. Based at the Unipart Manufacturing site in Coventry, Hyperbat aims to contribute to the UK’s position at the forefront of automotive innovation.
Unipart’s governance framework serves as a structure for managing the Group, facilitating responsive and effective decision making. It involves collaboration among the Board, its committees, the Executive Leadership Team, and senior management. The framework is continuously monitored and evolved to meet the needs of the business and fulfil stakeholder responsibilities.
Culture, values, politics,
Divisional Steering Committees
Policies and Principles
Divisional Leadership Teams
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