Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) lies at the heart of everything we do. It is integral to the sustainability of our business and informs all of our actions, all of the time.
Here at Surgical Innovations (SI) we are committed to building a sound Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and during the last year we have been keen to integrate CSR across the business to help improve performance. Our CSR commitments cover the following areas: employees; business ethics; environment; health and safety; and community engagement.
Surgical Innovations is:
- Meeting the needs of forward-thinking surgeons and clinicians.
- Bringing manufacturing home to West Yorkshire.
- Dedicated to offering all employees core surgical skills training.
- Running a proactive apprenticeship scheme.
- Offering all employees free entry into some of Yorkshire’s key visitor attractions.
- Playing an active role within the creation of Leeds Health Hub.
It is important for us to attract and retain the right calibre of people – a vision that we see as the basis for our future success. All employees, regardless of their role in SI, take part in the same core skills surgical training exercises as surgeons, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the role of the end user. The one-day induction course is carried out by Chief Executive Officer, Graham Bowland, and is a valuable training resource for all staff. We have great access to UK hospitals, with employees able to observe our Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) operating in theatre. In addition, staff can take advantage of a full programme of training courses to help them develop both technically and professionally.
SI understands the positive impact the younger generation has to offer the company and we run a proactive apprenticeship scheme across the organisation to nurture young talent. The scheme has received much praise from many external bodies and SI was recently awarded Medium Employer of the Year at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recognition Awards in acknowledgement of its success. SI currently has ten apprentices taking part in the scheme, eight of these were taken on in 2011. Apprentices are enrolled in an Advanced Mechanical Engineering course at Leeds City College providing them with a sound theoretical knowledge base. They are placed on ten-week placements in five different areas of the business including quality, product development engineering, machine shop, assembly and injection moulding, allowing them to gain practical skills in the specialist medical device industry. The apprenticeship scheme gives SI the opportunity to train apprentices to our exacting company standards and help towards combatting the skills shortage throughout the manufacturing industry.
To help ensure a good work life balance for all our employees, SI has put in place a package that offers employees and a guest free entry into some of Yorkshire’s key attractions through membership of Welcome to Yorkshire, including top theme parks, castles and gardens. We have a Social Committee made up of employees from all departments who meet regularly to organise social events. This committee has proven to be a great asset for the company.
We are proud SI staff frequently embark on charitable ventures and we actively encourage employee participation in local fundraising events. SI consistently seeks to financially match employee sponsorship contributions up to a predefined level.
We strive to play an integral role in society and our core value is to meet the needs of forward-thinking surgeons and clinicians by supplying high quality, cost-effective instrumentation that empowers surgeons and provides patients with an improved quality of life. We have also introduced a Resposable® range of instruments, that combine reusable and disposable components, so surgeons can use high quality instrumentation while also saving their hospitals hundreds of pounds per procedure. In a market that is dominated by expensive throw-away devices our Resposable® instruments are seen as a “breath of fresh air” by both surgeons and procurement managers across the globe.
Our CAB consists of renowned surgeons practicing around Britain who work in close collaboration with our design team to advise on existing and potential new product lines, ensuring SI’s innovations meet the needs of surgeons and patients alike.
We have also chosen to bring manufacturing home to West Yorkshire. This strategic move has enabled us to design and manufacture all products in-house thereby tripling our workforce by the end of 2010 and increasing our contribution to the local community.
Environment and Health and Safety
Maintaining excellent environmental standards is integral to all organisations and we strive to minimise the effect of our operations on the environment wherever possible. We look to review the impact of all of SI’s policies and operations covering emissions and fuel efficiency, noise, waste, energy use and recycling. We encourage ideas and suggestions from all employees in this regard.
SI has an established Health and Safety Committee that is made up of employees from across the organisation. The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss any health and safety issues that have been raised from all areas of the business and how we can improve health and safety across SI. SI has a number of trained first aiders and is currently in the process of creating a dedicated team of fire marshals.
We feel it is vital to support our local community and have actively contributed to the creation of Leeds Health Hub. The Hub is made up of medical companies based in Leeds together with representatives from Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds City Council. The Hub will help to place Leeds on the map as a leader in medical innovation. We work closely with key opinion leaders allowing us to play an important role in the healthcare sector of Yorkshire and Humber. Our long-standing relationship with both Medilink and Medipex enables the company to benefit from the sector expertise available.
SI is also partnered with universities and hospitals throughout the region, including Leeds University and Bradford University and we currently have two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) students working on site at SI, helping us to stimulate innovation in the business, improve processes and draw upon the universities’ expertise while allowing the university access to industry. The KTP scheme is a partnership between the university, SI and part-funded by the Government. SI has been actively involved with a number of community and career events at schools and colleges over the past year to talk to young people and parents about the apprenticeship scheme, opportunities that are available at SI and in the engineering sector as a whole. For example, working in collaboration with Bradford University, SI attended the British Science Festival to promote medical device engineering and recently we exhibited at the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield where we were able to support local manufacturing.