Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility
Sustainability is a key element of the Group’s business and building a business to last has always been part of its ethos. Through medical diagnostics, eco-friendly waste treatment and nutrient recovery systems and technologies enabling a smarter world, BATM’s solutions are designed to address the societal challenges of today and what the Group believes will be the demands of the future. The Group now also has activities underway to be able to formally assess and manage the environmental impact of its operations as well as the challenges, risks and opportunities posed by climate change. As detailed in the following TCFD Report, the Group commenced this undertaking towards the end of the year with implementation having begun in 2023.
BATM’s people are vital to sustaining success. In order to recruit and retain the best talent, the Group must ensure that, across its businesses, it is an employer of choice and that its employment policies and practices are sensitive to employees’ priorities and requirements.
BATM has employees in six countries, including scientists, engineers, sales & marketing personnel and those in corporate functions, and aims to adhere to certain principles in terms of employee engagement and employment practices across the Group.
BATM understands the importance of maintaining open and transparent communication with its workforce, and listening to its people and taking into account their feedback. To support employee engagement, the Group has a dedicated human resources function comprising a network of human resources departments at subsidiary level each headed up by a VP-level executive.
The senior management within the Group’s businesses regularly communicate with employees on areas including Group strategy and progress. The Group holds periodic ‘roundtable’ discussions for employees to meet with management to share their views, raise any concerns and make suggestions on how the workflow in their departments could be improved. The Group also holds off-site team building events and company celebrations. In 2023, the objective is to build on these activities to create a consistently high standard of workforce engagement across the business.
BATM prioritises training and development for its workforce, which was continued during 2022. The Group has training schemes focused on product training, skills enhancement and the achievement of additional career-enhancing qualifications, and often supply in excess of two weeks training per year for individual employees.
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
BATM recognises the benefits to its business of supporting diversity, equality and inclusion for long-term sustainable success. The Group is committed to providing a working environment in which all employees feel valued and respected and are able to contribute to the success of the business. The Group promotes equal opportunities within all of its businesses and aligns its approach with international human rights standards. The Group educates all new employees on its Code of Conduct and provides training programmes for all of the workforce on the prevention of sexual harassment. BATM believes its employees should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and that employees, job applicants, customers, and suppliers should be treated fairly regardless of: l race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins;
- gender, sexual orientation, marital or family status;
- religious or political beliefs or affiliations;
- disability, impairment or age.
As detailed further on page 39 (Annual Report 2022) of the Corporate Governance Report, as a company incorporated in Israel, BATM is subject to the Israeli Law of Equal Opportunity at Work (1988), which forbids discrimination on the basis of (among others) race, nationality, state of origin and gender, including in hiring job candidates. The law states that if an employer asks an employee or candidate for such details, it will be assumed that the employer has violated the non-discrimination provision. The Group operates in compliance with this law.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
BATM prides itself on providing high levels of standards on the health and safety of its employees. The Group has, and adheres to, health and safety guidelines across the Group, and also has welfare programmes. During 2022, the Group invested in a more extensive warehouse facility, with improved working conditions and new facilities for employees such as showers and changing rooms, and renovated a number of offices to improve the working environment. The Group also provides clothing for employees working in manufacturing areas. There were no health and safety incidents reported and the Group did not receive any regulatory fines or penalties in relation to health and safety matters during the year.
Anti-bribery & Corruption
BATM promotes responsible business behaviour including the adherence to anti-bribery and corruption guidelines that have been distributed to all employees along with information about BATM’s whistleblowing mechanism that is regularly communicated.
The whistleblowing procedure is managed by an independent administrator who is a partner at an Israeli professional services firm, Chaikin, Cohen and Rubin. Employees are encouraged to approach the administrator by phone or email if they have concerns about possible wrongdoing including potential or actual breaches of applicable laws and regulations and fair business conduct. The approach can be anonymous, if the employee chooses. The Company has undertaken not to take subsequent disciplinary action against a complainant unless the report was subsequently judged to have been made in bad faith or to be malicious.
During 2022, there were no instances of whistleblowing reports, bribery, corruption or business interruptions as a result of regulatory activity.
Ethical Business Practices
BATM strives to be a responsible corporate citizen within the local and wider communities in which it operates by behaving in a socially responsible manner and supporting local businesses and charities. While the Company does not have a formal Group-wide approach, during 2022 activities were undertaken within the Group to support over 30 organisations. This included raising and donating money to support a retired employee who has brain cancer and enable her to relocate to an accessible home.
In addition, a key tenet of BATM’s strategy is the research and development of solutions to counter the spread and improve the diagnosis of infectious disease, and the management team regularly gives their time as expert advisors in the field of medical diagnostics. The Group’s products are designed to be able to be used at the point-of-care in community healthcare facilities or in small- to medium-sized laboratories rather than purely in mega labs in a central location. The Group achieves this through producing solutions that, relatively, have a small footprint, are simple to use and are available at an appropriate price point.
The Group has taken important steps during the year, and subsequently, towards assessing and managing its impact on the environment, incorporating climate-related risks and opportunities into its business planning and reporting thereon. Developing awareness of environmental guidelines at operating facilities, upgrading energy and lighting systems and developing waste management procedures are examples of some of the initiatives to improve the Group’s environmental impact that have already been made. The Group is now developing a more comprehensive and systematic approach to measuring its environmental footprint. This activity is detailed in the TCFD Report that follows.
There were no environmental incidents and the Group did not receive any regulatory fines or penalties in relation to environmental matters during the year.
The Group has several solutions that both support environmental sustainability and drive business opportunities, including:
- Solutions for the safe, effective and environmentally-friendly treatment of pathogenic waste from food production or medical and pharmaceutical facilities.
These solutions enable customers to significantly reduce their environmental impact and also offer the ability to recover and recycle proteins and lipids. This technology can also be used for the recovery of high-quality protein and oils from insects.
- Environmental measuring systems, including solutions for testing air pollution levels in large manufacturing plants.
- Edgility, the Group’s network function virtualisation solution, which reduces the amount of hardware needed and the need for on-site provisioning, enabling customers to consume less energy and reduce the carbon footprint for the same output.