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Putting people first

People come first at Smith & Nephew, whether it’s our own employees, our partners, or the healthcare professionals whom we support to improve the lives of their patients.

Empowering our talented employees

Investment in our people is an investment in our future. This philosophy and approach to managing talent supports our objective to be recognised as a Great Place to Work. It empowers our leaders and managers to make better decisions about people, build a sustainable talent pipeline, and operate more effectively and inclusively.

Our performance:

- 24 employees particpitated in the succesful CEO Forum programme

- 10 employees joined our Managing Director programme

- 115 employees took part in our Pioneer leadership programme for new managers

- 55 employees participated in our Leadership Edge programme for new leaders

- 5 new locations received recognition from the Great Place to Work Institute in 2017

Maintaining an injury-free workplace

Every day, the safety of our employees and those who work with us is given the highest priority at our sites around the world, and when we visit customers. A healthy and safe working environment is fundamental to the way we work.

In 2017, our employee total incident frequency rate (TIR), or recordable incident rate, reduced by 33% to 0.35, from 0.52. We are proud that this means we are in the top quartile of safety performance in our sector.

Our performance:

- 33% reduction in total recordable incident rates (TIR) from 0.52 to 0.35

- 52% reduction in lost time incident frequency rate (LTIFR) from 0.23 to 0.11

Supporting the safe and effective use of our products and services

We are committed to helping healthcare providers improve the lives of their patients, delivering quality products and services and ensuring that our products are used safely and effectively.

Find out more about our Expert Connect Centre in Watford, UK

Being a responsible global citizen 

Today’s world faces so many challenges that everyone needs to play their part to help tackle them. Increasingly, people want to work for companies that do something meaningful and act in a responsible way. At Smith & Nephew our products and services enable our people to make a difference to improve health and quality of life around the world.

Our performance:

- $4.41m cash and product donations

- $118,000 employee gift-matching

- $4.53m total philanthropic activities

Read more about how we're supporting young people at the Ron Dearing University Technical College in Hull, UK

Read more about how our Germany team raised hundreds for Hamburg charity

Sustainability report 2017

Sustainability is better business.

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Case studies

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