Business Integrity

At Ultra we believe a solid corporate governance framework is essential to the long-term sustainability of our business. We are committed to upholding high governance standards to maintain trust and business integrity with our stakeholders, and ensure our ethical business practices are consistent across the group.

Our key governance themes:

Leadership

The Board provides leadership to the Group and rigorously challenges strategy, performance, responsibility and accountability to ensure that the right decisions are made in the right way and in consideration of the long-term success of the Group.

Effectiveness

Directors are appointed on merit, following a rigorous and transparent process. The Board evaluates the balance of skills, experience, knowledge and independence of the Directors through an externally facilitated evaluation process and ensures that all new Directors undertake an induction programme.

Accountability

Effective risk management is fundamental to achieving the Company’s objectives. Decisions are based on the Board’s appetite for risk. 

Relations with shareholders

The Board maintain strong relations with shareholders through events and consultations.

Remuneration

Executive Directors’ remuneration is designed to promote the long-term success of the Company. The Board ensures performance related elements are transparent, stretching and rigorously applied. 

Anti-Bribery and Corruption

We have a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption anywhere in the world. We will walk away from any business that we can’t win fairly or legally. Our success is built on the trust of our customers, employees, investors and the general public. We know the best way to gain and maintain this trust is to demonstrate that we act ethically and with integrity in all of our business practices.

Our Board of Directors oversees our efforts to prevent bribery. Our Group Company Secretary has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing the policy and for monitoring its use and effectiveness.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Our Suppliers and their supply chains are critical to our ability to deliver customer commitments. The Suppliers we engage with play an important role at every stage of the project lifecycle and are key stakeholders in Ultra achieving successful business outcomes. Ultra commits to having a positive impact in our local communities, and we choose to work with Suppliers who have the same outlook.

Any business serious about environmental sustainability, ethics, compliance and monitoring its supply chain backs this up with a Supplier Code of Conduct. In engaging with Suppliers to Ultra we need to be certain each party understands and accepts its responsibilities to fully comply with applicable laws and adhere to internationally recognised environmental, social, and corporate governance standards.

Our global Supplier Code of Conduct launched March 2022 recognises that our Suppliers are key partners in delivery of our goal to innovate today for a safer tomorrow.

We encourage all our Suppliers to adopt the high standards Ultra lives by. We are working with our top 30 direct suppliers to obtain written representation that they commit to meeting the standards we have set out. Alongside this our ONE Ultra Procurement teams globally are working with all current and new Suppliers during the coming months seeking reliable representation they and their supply chain meet the standards set out in the supplier code of conduct:

  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Competitive behaviour and anti-trust
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Export and Import controls, sanctions and obligations
  • Fair pay and benefits
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Lobbying and political support
  • Preventing facilitation of tax evasion
  • Responsibly sourced materials
  • Safeguarding confidential information
  • Slavery, human trafficking and labour exploitation
  • Working with stakeholders

While laws and regulations differ by location, we ask our Suppliers to always follow the spirit of the code in dealings with Ultra and encourage open and transparent conversation with our ONE Ultra Procurement teams.

We welcome the opportunity to respond to any questions about the Supplier Code of Conduct or Procurement within Ultra via [email protected].

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