Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) continues to be of high importance to us as we believe that promoting and supporting inclusiveness, and making the most of diversity, is good business. It also creates a safer workplace, enhances decision making, improves performance and most importantly is the right thing to do.
Overseen by our Executive Sponsor for diversity and inclusion, we have set enhanced goals for recruitment, succession planning and training. In 2018, we provided D&I awareness training for Senior Leaders and our target is to complete this training with at least 80% of employees across the organisation by the end of 2020.
Our diversity and inclusion statement can be viewed here.
Through our employee engagement activities, our aim is to maintain high levels of employee commitment and satisfaction. We encourage an active and healthy lifestyle and offer flexible working, wherever possible, to help to ensure our employees maintain a positive work-life balance.
For the first time, in 2018, we conducted an employee ‘pulse’ survey, which aims to track progress in between our more in-depth, biennial employee surveys. The survey showed a 7.4% increase in employees who are committed and engaged.
Responsibility for this area of our work lies with our Chief Human Resources Officer.
We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment with initiatives covering energy efficiency, emissions, water usage and waste.
In 2018, a number of energy savings initiatives took place across our organisation, from the implementation of energy efficient LED lighting and installation of solar panels to reducing paper usage. In this respect, we are pleased to report a reduction in CO2e emissions, conventional waste and water usage.
External engagement on nuclear
Urenco is committed to increasing public understanding of the key role the nuclear power industry has in providing reliable, low carbon electricity.
Our work in this area is overseen by our Director of Corporate Communications, PR and Sustainability, who helps to coordinate partnerships with industry peers to support the provision of public education initiatives for a wide variety of stakeholders.
To help increase understanding, in 2018 we hosted more than 2,600 visitors at our enrichment facilities, including local community groups, government representatives, industry peers and customers. We also continued to provide our virtual tour for those who cannot visit in person, which offers an insight into our enrichment operations.
Further details are available here.
The political landscape in which we operate greatly influences our industry. We regularly monitor potential changes and engage with our stakeholders to ensure that policy decisions can be made on an informed basis and reflect the interests of those who matter most to our business.
In 2018, we made preparations for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and Euratom treaty to mitigate the material risks that this presents. We also continued our dialogue with stakeholders in regards to Germany’s decision to end domestic nuclear power generation and provided input to the US Department of Commerce investigation into evolving USA trade policies.
Our Executive Director of Strategic and Government Affairs has responsibility for this area.