Hills is a company built on trust and responsible practices. Our customers, our suppliers and our shareholders expect us to operate ethically and responsibly. The Hills Code of Conduct details the principles and standards of personal and corporate behavior to ensure our ongoing success. The Hills Code of Conduct (the Code) is supported internally by a number of policies which provide guidance on what is acceptable behavior, requiring all Directors, managers and employees to maintain the highest standards of integrity and honesty.
Any breaches of this Code are taken very seriously. The Code specifies that where a breach occurs, immediate and appropriate action will be taken. This may result in disciplinary action, termination of employment or legal action.
Hills adheres to responsible selection, functioning and governance of its Committees by its Board of Directors as set out in our Nomination Committee Charter, Remuneration Committee Charter and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Charter.
Hills recognises that the difference between a good business and a great one is people. This is why Hills is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best possible talent who share our values and drive to make great.
Hills maintain an environment where equality, fairness and respect for each other, our customers, suppliers and shareholders is paramount. Our Workplace Diversity and Behaviour Policy underpins this objective.
Our Workplace Diversity and Behaviour Policy offers a number of working solutions so staff can balance personal and work commitments. Continued professional development is also extremely important to us. It’s why all of our staff have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning and development activities, including participating in skills based, leadership and compliance training programs, traineeships, company funded tertiary studies, online learning and on the job training. Because our values are important to us, they also form part of our performance management system and our people are recognised for living our values.
The Board establishes a set of gender diversity objectives, with the aim to achieve these within two years.
Data calculated till 30 June, 2021
Hills is committed to further increases in these numbers in the year ahead.
All persons within the Hills Group have an obligation to maintain confidentiality of information and comply with the laws relating to insider trading as set out in our Securities Policy and Communication and Market Disclosure Policy.
Hills is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy, safe and supportive working environment.
We believe that a safe and clean workplace has central importance for the operation of a successful business. Likewise, we believe workplace injury and disease are preventable through the use of clear standards of work.
Hills maintain a Workplace Health & Safety Policy which outlines our WHS commitments and sets the broad goals for all workers and others in relation to understanding their rights and obligations regarding WHS; and accepting individual responsibility and accountability for working safely.
Our WHS Management System (WHSMS) consists of corporate policies, standards and guidelines put in place to support the objectives of the policy and formalise Hills’ commitment to continuous WHS improvement. Hills is committed to aligning this system with the requirements of ISO45001 and conducting internal and external audits to assess compliance.
Hills regularly reports on WHS performance internally through a company-wide incident management system. Our primary goal for health and safety is to achieve Zero Harm
All staff and contractors are required to comply with the requirements of the Hills WHSMS including all relevant Legislative Requirements relating to WHS. Hills will treat any and all breaches of our health and safety standards quickly and seriously. In the event of a breach, the responsible parties will face disciplinary action which may involve verbal and written warnings, and in more serious cases, termination of employment. In the event of a law being broken, the responsible parties will be personally liable.
We recognise the long-term importance of building and maintaining our reputation as being environmentally responsible. We are committed to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment and playing a part in influencing consumers and the broader supply chain. Hills maintains an Environmental policy, which details its environmental commitments and sets the broad goals for all staff and contractors in relation to their interaction with the environment. An Environmental Management System (EMS) consisting of corporate standards and guidelines is in place to support the objectives of the policy and formalise Hills’ commitment to continual improvement in relation to the way its business impacts upon the environment. Hills is committed to aligning this system with the requirements of ISO 14001 and conducting internal and external audits to assess compliance. Hills is committed to monitoring and addressing environmental risks across all aspects of its operations.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a co-regulatory initiative by Government and industry to reduce the environmental impact of packaging through improvements in design, recycling and product stewardship.
Hills became a signatory to the APCO in 2010, and continue to develop and implement action plans annually as part of its commitments to packaging sustainability, providing continuous improvement in areas such as: