Our vision for APDT is more than financial success – managing risk, protecting our reputation and operating responsibly and safely are also key priorities. Our programs are embedded in the business through experts from key business functions such as health and safety, environment, human resources, learning and development, and procurement.
We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct. We know this is critical for our success because it builds trust and transparency between APDT and our key stakeholders.
“At APDT, trust is our most prized possession. Critical to ensuring we maintain that trust is our approach to ethics, integrity and reputation. This forms the foundation of how we do business and manifests itself in everything we do, as well as our relationships with our customers and stakeholders, industry partners, and shareholders. It also drives how we work with each other.”
We have a Group Code of Conduct, and all our employees, our leaders and our board members receive training in business ethics.
Code of Conduct
It clearly articulates our ethical standards and provides employees with a guide to what is expected of them in their behavior and business activities. It provides information on how they can get help, as well as guidance on their responsibility to report when identifying a problem.
Within the Code we provide guidance to ensure employees are aware of, and understand, their ethical and legal responsibilities, and cover issues relating to employees, customers, shareholders and the community. Employees are given support on a range of topics such as diversity, safety, managing information, anti-bribery and corruption, and the environment.
Anti-bribery and Corruption
We are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption in any form; acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.
Annual business ethics training is mandatory for all employees. It covers a range of issues such as anti-bribery and corruption, diversity, modern slavery and conflict of interest. We also provide more in-depth anti-bribery training for those in roles with higher risks, for example, those carrying out overseas business. Employees are also provided with refresher courses to ensure their knowledge is kept up to date.
Strong governance underpins responsible business practice. The committee meets regularly and receives briefings on all material risk and CSR issues, including business ethics.
Our anti-bribery programs are overseen by our Chief Ethics Officer who are senior executives. We adopt a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption.
Policy and Process
Our policies, procedures and tools underpin our business ethics programs. Included in these processes are risk assessment, due diligence, and sustainable procurement. How and what we buy is an integral part of improving our sustainability, so we stay focused on the way we work with our suppliers.
Diversity & Inclusiveness
Our people are critical to our success, so it is vital that we create a workplace that is inclusive. We believe that our differences make us stronger and embrace them. To achieve this, we have a Diversity and Inclusiveness program to ensure a workplace and culture where everyone can be authentic, feel valued and realize their full potential.
Responsibility to Our People
We know our greatest asset is our people, and we create a climate and culture that will encourage them to deliver outstanding performance for our customers, for us and for themselves.
To attract and engage the best people, we need to provide them with all the support they need to realize their full potential and employability, including:
• A safe and healthy working environment
• Significant long-term investment in learning and development for our people through our in-house Academy offering high quality career development training from Early Careers (apprentice and graduate) through all stages of professional development including further and higher education
• Employee engagement surveys, to ensure that we listen to their suggestions for improvements
• A inclusive culture
Safety through Leadership, Responsible Management, and Commitment
APDT recognizes that our operations, products, services and advice have the potential to impact our employees, contractors, visitors, customers, and others in the community. We recognize that success hinges on the attitudes and behaviors of people in the organization and we seek to create a safety culture in which employees naturally and instinctively pay proper heed to safety matters because it is expected of them, is what they are trained to do and is what the situation demands. We are committed to obtaining and maintaining external certification of our occupational safety management systems such as the OHSAS 18001 certification. We manage at the corporate and business levels the effective identification, measurement, and control of risk to help prevent occupational injury and illness and ensure these principles are at the center of our management of safety issues. We monitor, evaluate and continuously improve our performance in safety and occupational health through setting objectives which are effectively assessed by a robust assurance process. We provide and maintain a safe working environment for employees and the wider community in which they interact.