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Corporate Responsibility: Measuring progress

In 2009 we introduced additional metrics by which we will measure our performance and chart our progress. We measure many things at a process level, particularly around effective stewardship of the sustainability of our key raw materials, but as indicated in the table below, we have chosen to focus on eight measurements for reporting purposes: four that focus on responsibility and four on sustainability. They tie our responsibility and sustainability strategy to our balance sheet.

We realise that external influences may necessitate changes but for the foreseeable future we believe these measures will add the most value and deliver the most progress for Rexam.

The table summarises the areas of focus, our goals, our progress and how they link to our strategy.

Our focus

Our goal

Our progress in 2009

Strategic link

Environmental management

 

Zero significant uncontrolled or abnormal releases

Implementation of management systems

There were no significant uncontrolled or abnormal releases in 2009.

All our major operating sites have robust environmental management systems (EMS) in place. We encourage them to strive for independent external certification. Where this is not appropriate we adopt EMS that stand up to internal verification against key elements of ISO 14001.

46 (2008: 37) of our 105 plants are verified against ISO 14001.

Operational excellence

Safety systems

 

All plants at RAS1 best practice level

All our major operating sites have robust health and safety management systems in place.

40 (2008: 42) of our 105 plants are verified against OHSAS 180013

Behaviour Based Safety programme was launched in 58 plants.

Operational excellence

A winning organisation

Accident rate reduction

 

Long term: zero work related injuries

Annually: reduce by 10%

Lost time accident rate (LTAR) reduced 27% compared with 2008.

Operational excellence

A winning organisation

Energy efficiency

 

Continuous reduction in consumption/tonne of production

Energy consumption per tonne of production continued to move in a positive direction in 2009 (see chart on the Environmental responsibility section).

Operational excellence

Water efficiency

 

Continuous reduction in consumption/tonne of production

We do not use large quantities of water in our processes but recognise the value of this increasingly precious commodity which is central to all our beverage customers.

In 2009 we collated data to establish a baseline for future measurement of improvement.

Operational excellence

Customer relationships

Raw material efficiency

 

Continuous reduction in consumption/tonne of production

Raw material efficiency continued to reduce year on year (see chart in Environmental responsibility section) based on benchmark year 2007.

Best performance

Customer relationships

Operational excellence

Carbon emission

 

Continuous reduction in consumption/tonne of production

Carbon Disclosure Project compliance2

Total gross global scope 1&2 GHG emissions for 2009 was 1.09m metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent compared with 2008 baseline of 1.24m metric tonnes CO2 equivalent.

Best performance

Operational excellence

Global reporting accreditation

 

Maintain accreditation

Maintained international benchmark accreditation status FTSE4Good.

Best performance

Customer relationships

Operational excellence

A winning organisation

  1. Rexam Audit System for attaining benchmark performance in health and safety structure and performance.

  2. Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) submission from Rexam PLC 2008.

  3. 2009 reduction due to disposal of Petainer.