The Board takes ultimate responsibility for the Group’s sustainability strategy and is committed to developing and implementing appropriate policies that create and maintain long term value for shareholders. Paul Sandland, Chief Financial Officer, is the Executive Director responsible for ESG, and Carina Kjellberg was appointed as the Group Sustainability Director in March 2021.
The Board is accountable for approving our Sustainability strategy and overseeing the delivery of our climate-related objectives.
The Board or the relevant Committee reviews all key policies/handbooks on an annual basis, these include the Code of Conduct, Health and Safety Policy, Travel and Entertainment Policy and How to Raise a Concern Procedure.
The Board receives six-monthly updates from the Group HSE Director, which includes the activities of the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee. The Board is provided with ESG updates at each of its meetings and the Group Sustainability Director presents the strategy and progress on its implementation on a yearly basis. The Board has oversight of the climate related risks and opportunities as part of the wider risk management and internal control framework. To enhance our commitment towards TCFD reporting further, a dedicated TCFD team has been established.
Our Senior Executive Team (SET) is responsible for delivering on the climate-related objectives within their functional areas and business units. Each SET member had an ESG objective as part of their personal objectives within the 2023 financial year annual bonus plan. The SET own the risk management process and is responsible for managing specific Group risks. Climate risk has been identified as a principal risk and has been discussed with each SET member.
The Audit Committee reviews certain of the Group’s systems and controls in relation to our business ethics (Fraud, ABC, etc) and the adequacy and security of the company’s arrangements for its employees, contractors and external parties to raise concerns, in confidence, about possible wrongdoing in financial reporting or other matters.
The Remuneration Committee reviews Dechra’s Executive Directors and the SET’s performance in relation to meeting sustainability goals in relation to the achievement of their bonus targets.
Oversee the development of and to make recommendations to the Board regarding the Group’s Sustainability strategy, establish objectives and targets for the Group’s ESG activities and oversee the measurement and reporting of performance against these targets. Oversee the activities of the committees that it has delegated authority to.
Recommend and monitor the implementation of priorities to management and employees to achieve Zero Harm across the Group; actively monitor, measure, review and report on Health, Safety and Wellbeing compliance and performance.
(Over 90 employees from across the business)
Responsible for the acceleration of sustainable development within Dechra.
This committee looks at each stage of the packaging life cycle from cradle to grave, to understand how Dechra can reduce its environmental impact when sourcing packaging materials through to the post-consumer choices during disposal.
Responsible for optimisation and improvement of warehousing, logistics and distribution at Group level through sustainable and smart solutions including reduction of emissions, alternatives to fossil fuel, sea transportation and volume optimisation.
Responsible for the allocation of their allotted funds to charities that meet Dechra guidelines throughout the year, whether this be to one charity or a number.
The ESG Committee is made up of representatives from across the Group. The ESG Committee met four times during the year.
The Group Sustainability Director reports directly into the Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for advising the Board and the Group on Sustainability issues and strategy.
During the 2023 financial year, she provided a detailed update on the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) submission, which included an overview of the near term targets and our ambition to work towards Taskforce for Nature-related financial disclosures. The update also covered the improved internal communications with the establishment of an employee blog (the Hive) to increase awareness and collaboration, progress against our Sustainability KPIs and an introduction to our partnership with a third party Sustainability specialist.