Good Governance
Good Governance in 2021
Strong balance sheet, with good cash conversion and low debt
Long-term, low risk contract portfolio for essential services
Zero human rights breaches
Over 1,000 residents are part of our online engagement network
Award winning Customer Scrutiny Board
Newly reformed ESG Advisory Board
Our aim is to become a carbon neutral organisation, whilst helping clients create safe and sustainable places that will have long-lasting benefits for their communities.
Good Governance
Strong balance sheet, with good cash conversion and low debt

Long-term, low risk contract portfolio for essential services

Zero human rights breaches

Over 1,000 residents are part of our online engagement network

Award winning Customer Scrutiny Board

Newly reformed ESG Advisory Board
CASE STUDY
Through robust governance and identifying risks and opportunities, the Mears Board works to the highest level of transparency and good governance. Our aim is to take this approach throughout our business to ensure that ethical behaviour, transparency and openness form the heart of our culture at every level.
Sustainable Development Goals
Protecting human rights
Our Goal
Maintain our approach to ensure we have no human rights breaches or issues
Our Plan
Continue to conduct business and deliver service in a way that respects and considers human rights
All suppliers fully compliant with Group policy by 2024
Uphold our standards and compliance on modern slavery, human trafficking and child/forced labour
Regularly monitor labour and payroll
Deliver a package of initiatives that raise awareness with employees
Gain greater understanding of the supply chain practices and procedures of our key suppliers
Sustainable procurement
Our Goal
Define our strategy for sustainable procurement by 2023 and thereafter deliver and evolve our approach to maintain our high standards
Our Plan
All suppliers signed up to our Supplier Commitments, which are measured and monitored annually
All core suppliers have successful environmental audit results by 2025
All timber products sourced from certified forests by 2030
90% of all sourced products are from sustainable sources by 2025
Maintain responsible approach to prompt payment code
Ensure our procurement activity is outcome-focused with well-defined deliverables
Continue to work with externally accredited organisations on attributing value to sustainable procurement
Our Top 10 suppliers engaged in collaborative ESG plan
Information security & governance
Our Goal
Continually evolve a robust strategy to ensure we deliver to the highest standard, have no security breaches and are fully GDPR compliant
Our Plan
Embed a consistent process to identify and assess privacy risks – 100% compliance across all business areas
All information security incidents are investigated and areas of improvement are identified and actioned
Deliver a package of initiatives that ensure awareness and understanding across all colleagues
Maintain an Information Security Management System that is certified to ISO 27001
Obtain and maintain industry certifications
Identify and manage cyber risks
Deliver secure information systems to the Group
Partnerships
Our Goal
Work closely with our clients and supply chain and increase partnership tenure
Work closely with investors and funders
Hold ourselves to account through scrutiny
Our Plan
Provide secure investment and funding
Continue with Your Voice Customer Scrutiny Board – independent framework for customer engagement
Continue with ESG Advisory Board– independent advisers that constructively challenge
Consider ESG factors across all assets in which we invest by 2025
Partner with Governments, businesses, academia, and communities to ensure best practice and mobilise action for sustainable development
Positively influence policy and current practice (Local and National Government) through our Thought Leader programme – continue to lead the way
Risk, ethics & governance
Our Goal
Maintain a robust strategy and governance framework to ensure we are fully compliant, manage risk and are regarded as a responsible business
Our Plan
Ensure year on year compliance with anti-corruption governance
Continue zero tolerance to anti-competitive behaviour
Year on year compliance and good practice on financial reporting and tax obligations
Review and align our targets to TCFD and UN SDGs
Promote Executive Board and senior management responsibilities for governance and risk approach
Continue Independent audit and risk assessment annually with transparent action and reporting
Provide a confidential whistleblowing channel to encourage colleagues to speak out
Opt into open carbon reporting
Continue with Mears Workforce Group, as governance to main Board, leading on all workforce practice and engagement
Continue disciplined approach to bidding and capital allocation to maintain strong balance sheet
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