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Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is “a company’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which it operates”.
CSR within Allan Webb Limited, or AWL, refers to the way in which we regulate ourselves in order to ensure that all of our activities positively affect society as a whole. Our CSR policy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that any and all business undertakings are conducted ethically, considering human rights as well as the social, economic and environmental impacts of what we do as a business and our commitment to our stakeholders.
AWL are committed to meet (wherever possible), any relevant legislation or guidelines. If legislation does not exist in a particular area, we would endeavour to carry out best practice.
AWL are a privately-owned company operating with a robust corporate governance framework and delivering a portfolio of engineering support and data intelligence services to fit its Client base. Working predominantly in the UK and International defence and security market requires AWL to trade with various Government agencies and Private Sector companies whereby the need for a robust CSR policy is a prerequisite to contracting, helping protect ourselves, our Clients and our Supply Chain in regard to compliance.
In terms of guidelines regarding accepting work on ethical grounds, AWL predominately provides supportability services in respect of large defence assets and platforms, such as fleet vessels and vehicle fleets. Whilst there is not currently a prescriptive policy in terms of future work, the senior management team considers projects on a case-by-case basis, including the ultimate intended use and function of the assets or systems. By way of an example, the business would not work on weapons systems which would be likely to inflict collateral damage on civilians [Please note: AWL are considering formalising guidelines on the topic in the future].
As part of our commitment to our employees, there have been many innovations put in place to support employees changing lifestyles, facing medical issues or dealing with work/life balance commitments. AWL prides itself on its employees and the work they do, so taking care of them is our top priority. Some of the changes and ways that we have sought to help and support our employees’ wellbeing are below.
Our customers are the highest priority for all Allan Webb staff. We demonstrate this through:
Allan Webb also understands the importance that all our business undertakings are conducted in strict compliance with national and internal regulations on fair-trading, export/re-export control rules and other restrictions and economic sanctions in force. During any bid phase, Allan Webb will consider closely both where the customer is from and where the end user is based. In the event this highlights a potentially contentious situation, the Senior Management team for the business will review each situation, with a no-bid decision being made if it is felt to be against the ethics of the business.