Governance for sustainability
Because sustainability is cross-cutting, the impact that we make is considered and guided at many levels. It is built into our Board structures and our robust governance framework is bolstered by committees, groups and colleagues who feel empowered to instigate and drive activity. This means many of our more impactful programmes are driven from the bottom-up.
We are transparent and provide multiple ways for colleagues to share ideas and report concerns, including an anonymous whistleblowing hotline, Speak Up, which is managed by a third party and every report, investigated.
We provide anonymous access to Alan Hirzel, our CEO, through our ‘Ask Alan’ channel where he or one of his leadership team, can respond openly to questions on Yammer for all our employees to see.
Our staff forums are there to discuss and escalate ideas and challenges to senior leaders and relevant groups and as such, these forums can directly influence how we do things at Abcam.
We ensure a zero tolerance of bribery and corruption anywhere in our value chain. We audit suppliers and run annual, audited training for all employees, and this is also included as part of the induction training.
Our primary objective continues to be the protection of Abcam’s data, that of our employees and the system infrastructure we use. In the past two and half years, cybersecurity at Abcam has been significantly improved through efforts led by our security team, with the support and participation of employees through regular and innovative communication and engagement. Our ongoing program of work will continue delivering controls that reduce our risk overhead and improve our security posture with a strong emphasis on meeting new regulatory requirements in specific geographical regions.
Our sustainability framework weaves together our purpose, culture and strategy, and sets out our priority areas.
In all that we do, we consider the needs and views of our stakeholders
As we continue to create sustainable value, we recognise the actions we take and progress we make are dynamic and ongoing.