Our people

Overview

Overview

At GKN Aerospace, doing the right thing by our people means promoting a safe working environment, respecting the rights of others, developing our employees, encouraging a diverse workforce and building an environment where people feel comfortable speaking up if they see behaviour which is wrong.

This approach helps GKN Aerospace develop an outstanding team – recruiting the very best talent and creating a workforce of engaged colleagues around the world.

GKN Aerospace Code

GKN Aerospace Code

The GKN Aerospace Code describes how we conduct business in order to build a long term, sustainable future for GKN Aerospace and ensure our business continues to be run in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

All GKN Aerospace employees and Board members must follow the Code. It sets out our company Values, which guide us in the way we do business, and the standards of behaviour expected in support of these Values.

 

Health and safety

The health and safety of our employees is GKN Aerospace’s number one priority. We believe in providing a safe working environment and are committed to continuous improvement in health and safety performance.

Safety programmes

Safety programmes

Our goal is zero preventable accidents. To support this we have a number of GKN Aerospace-developed and globally applied behavioural safety programmes. These highlight potential safety issues, share best practice and help to minimise hazards at our sites. Led by our company-wide communications and awareness programme, thinkSAFE!, this consistent approach helps us work towards our strategic objective of driving operational excellence.

Health and safety certification

Health and safety certification

We require all our manufacturing plants to achieve certification to the health and safety standard OHSAS 18001 or equivalent, and the vast majority continue to be certified while a small number are working toward certification.

Health and safety performance

Health and safety performance

We measure our health and safety performance through two metrics: accident frequency rate (AFR) is used to track the number of lost time accidents and accident severity rate (ASR) records the number of days lost due to accidents and occupational ill health. Against these metrics we have made substantial progress over the last ten years and our performance compares favourably when benchmarking against other manufacturing organisations. 

Auditing

Auditing

Auditing is key to maintaining safety standards. We regularly carry out health and safety audits, with support from external experts where necessary. We share the key learnings and best practice from these audits across our company.

Leadership behaviours

Leadership behaviours

In time, 20% of our leadership team should be women and 20% should come from under-represented ethnic groups. We want GKN Aerospace to be a great place to work and we pride ourselves on being unique so we need our employees to be different too.

External partnerships

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Engagement

Engagement
78% of our employees took part in the GKN Global Employee Engagement survey in 2018

At GKN Aerospace we believe that engaging all our employees is positive for both our people and our business, and key to our future success. We aim to build high performing teams by understanding and improving the everyday work experience for all of our people.

A global employee engagement survey aims to make GKN Aerospace a better place to work for all our employees and, on a rolling basis, all GKN Aerospace employees are invited to take part in Positive Climate Index (PCI) sessions, which enable us to measure their satisfaction with GKN Aerospace. HR teams and Site Steering Committees respond to the issues raised in the sessions, and drive cultural improvements where necessary. PCI performance is now an essential measure of business performance and is a key element of all monthly divisional operational reviews.

Speaking up

Speaking up

We believe in speaking up when we see behaviour which is wrong. We actively promote the importance of our confidential employee disclosure hotline, available to all employees who can raise concerns in their own languages, anonymously if they prefer. It is hosted by an external, independent company and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Matters reported are investigated and feedback is always provided to the caller.