Social Compliance

At Thermofibre we believe in doing business the right way and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical compliance. As a trading division of Polyco Healthline, this means we do business ethically, honestly and in full compliance with all laws and regulations.

Our Approach to slavery and human trafficking

We continue to work collaboratively with our suppliers to eradicate forced labour and ill treatment of employees within our supply chains. As a trading division of Polyco Healthline Ltd, Thermofibre is committed to acting ethically in all social and environmental aspects and our anti-slavery and social accountability policies reflects this. We believe that it is important to act with integrity in our business relationships and take all reasonable and practical steps (including factory and warehouse inspections and audits) to ensure that our standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers and that all relevant local legislation and international regulations are complied with. This involves:

  • Communication with suppliers to ensure an understanding of the Modern Slavery Act and our Ethical Trade policy.
  • Conduct risk assessment and information exchange through our social responsibility code of conduct.
  • Review supplier performance through audit of the code of conduct and on-site activities (where required).
  • Conduct annual review of our social accountability and anti-slavery policies and performance.

Our Approach to Equal Opportunities

Thermofibre is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. Accordingly, management ensure that recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion procedures result in no job applicant or employee receiving less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic i.e. race, caste, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, trade union membership, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, age, or on the basis of being a part-time or fixed term worker. The company’s objective is to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted, and otherwise treated solely based on their relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities.

Our Approach to Energy Usage

Thermofibre is committed to supply its products and services in a responsible manner, helping to ensure that the impact on the local and the wider environment is minimal.

As part of this plan, Thermofibre aims to reduce the energy usage at the Bourne site and through the sub-contractors the company employs.

Thermofibre is committed to:

  • Increasing our energy efficiency.
  • Investing in energy efficient technologies.
  • Maintaining our certification to BS EN ISO 50001:2018.
  • Ensuring compliance with ESOS and any legal or other requirements.
  • Achieving our energy objectives and targets.
  • Supporting the purchase of energy efficient products, services and activities that support energy improvement.

Our Approach on Environmental Impact

Thermofibre is committed to minimising the impacts of its activities on the environment through the policy framework below.

Our policy is:

  • To ensure compliance with all current, relevant environmental legislation and other requirements.
  • To maintain our registration to BS EN ISO 14001:2015.
  • To monitor and measure the environmental impacts of the activities, products, and services.
  • To identify opportunities to reduce any possible environmental impact of the business activities.
  • To ensure the efficient use of energy, water, and other natural resources within the business.
  • To take all reasonable steps to prevent pollution at local and a wider environmental level.
  • To minimise waste and employ sound waste management and recycling practices both internally and amongst suppliers.
  • To encourage suppliers to develop good environmental practices.
  • To develop emergency procedures to deal with any significant environmental hazard that may arise from the activities within the business.

Thermofibre, its parent company Polyco Healthline, and our suppliers currently have several initiatives ongoing to help reduce its carbon footprint including:

  • Recycling chemicals used in the manufacturing process such as DMF used in the polyurethane coating of some gloves.
  • Reducing plastic packaging and paper usage by packing selected gloves with a band which also acts as the user information sheet (the PPE regulation requires a hard copy of the UIS with the minimum saleable quantity).
  • Working with a manufacturer to reduce the packaging weights throughout to reduce the carbon footprint (plastic and cardboard).
  • Developing an ECO range of gloves produced from recycled polythene currently there are two in the range with two more in development.
  • Developing washable reusable gloves so the life can be extended. Testing being carried out onsite at the Polyco Healthline laboratory.
  • Motion sensor energy efficient LED lighting has been fitted in the warehouses to reduce energy usage.
  • Reusable drinking bottles provided to all staff and plastic cups removed from water points.
  • Solar panels fitted on some of the warehouses to produce renewable energy.
  • Up to 30% Recycled plastic being used in some of the glove packaging used.
  • Company cars when renewed are being transferred from diesel and petrol to fully electric or hybrid vehicles. Going forward all new company cars will be fully electric. Polyco Healthline has also fitted charging stations in DC5 car park for the electric cars in the fleet.
  • Allowing staff to work from home when it is not essential for them to be in the office. This reduces the carbon footprint by reducing fuel usage and energy usage.

These initiatives are ongoing as part of Polyco Healthline Groups ongoing commitment to Environmental and Energy reduction, and creating a more carbon neutral world.