The relationship nature of much of the Group’s trading activities makes it heavily dependent on the quality and efficiency of the colleagues involved in the business. People management and development is therefore critical to our success. Considerable effort and investment is put into the recruitment, training, welfare and support of all colleagues, and examples of technical training that enables our colleagues to provide advice to our customers are shown on page 6. In addition, a number of our colleagues are training for professional qualifications in HR Management and Accountancy.
Colleagues are kept informed about key developments and the financial performance of the business. Board meetings and management meetings are held in different locations to facilitate engagement with the executive and non-executive directors. The purpose of the group is to contribute to balanced decision making and stakeholder engagement. In addition, all eligible colleagues are encouraged to become shareholders in the business through regular invitations to join share save schemes.
The Group is committed to creating a fair, enjoyable and fulfilling work environment and has policies in place to prevent discrimination, bullying or harassment.
The nature of our business presents a range of potential hazards and the Directors are committed to ensuring we have high standards of health and safety across the Group. Further enhancements made during the year include investment in training with a new e-learning platform, the creation of a help desk to register any incidents or concerns, and augmented Board reporting. There were seven reportable incidents (RIDDOR) across the Group, compared to six in the previous year.
Sustainability and limiting environmental impact
The Group seeks to operate all activities in a sustainable manner, and management are actively encouraged to consider and minimise the environmental impact of their operations. Energy usage is recorded across the Group and reported centrally for monitoring.
The Group has complied with the government’s energy assessment scheme (ESOS) for a number of years and is currently making preparations for the implementation of the new Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme.
Fuel efficiency is paramount in vehicle investment decisions, and mileage management is a key task for all fleet responsible colleagues.
Significant capital expenditure on environmental and water management projects at Carmarthen mill have continued. Recycling processes operate across the Group for plastics, paper, cardboard, metal, wood, electrical equipment and used oils.
In November 2018 we were pleased to receive the Green Dragon award which recognises the actions we are taking to understand, monitor and control the impacts on the environment at our Llansantffraid site.
Making a positive difference to the communities in which we operate is important to the Group – we support the communities surrounding our depots and business offices by supporting local events, fundraising activities and community groups. We have partnered with the NFU by sponsoring the NFU Cymru/Wynnstay Sustainable Agriculture Award.
We also have active links with Harper Adams University, which is a specialist provider of higher education for the agricultural and rural sector, including sponsoring the Wynnstay Beef and Wynnstay Youngstock awards.
We celebrated the end of our centenary year by coming together at a Black-Tie dinner in January 2019 to raise money for Children with Cancer UK and have also supported the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Across the Group we donated £24,700 to charity over the course of the year, including £19,000 from the Centenary Dinner and a further £19,700 to sponsorship of community events, such as local agricultural shows.
Our Corporate Values
The Wynnstay Board has committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking acts within its corporate activities, and to ensure that its national and international supply chains are free from such abuses. There are policies in place to mitigate the risk and promote awareness, including risk-based auditing of our supply chain.
During the year, the Group introduced a Whistleblowing policy which provides all colleagues with a structured process to follow if they wish to raise concerns about any potential malpractice and has processes in place to guard against the risk of fraud and corruption.