Ultraleap Code of Social Responsibility
The Ultraleap Code of Social Responsibility describes the actions that are taken by Ultraleap:
- to protect our employees, the company, and the community, and
- to provide an environment where everyone is treated with respect, fairness and dignity, and
- to monitor our impact on the environment and to encourage sustainability.
Ultraleap respects and complies with the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. This means that we operate in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We, as a responsible business, enact the same values and principles wherever we have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. As part of our commitment to responsible sourcing and the respect of human rights, Ultraleap does not support the use of minerals that have fuelled conflict in recognised areas of conflict.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Ultraleap respects the right to freedom of association, and would carefully consider a request for collective bargaining if it arose.
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Ultraleap has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We endeavour to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our business or in our supply chain.
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour.
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; Refer to our Environmental Policy.
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; Refer to our Environmental Policy below.
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. Refer to our Environmental Policy below.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Ultraleap is committed to comply with and aims to exceed UK and US laws and guidelines including human rights, environmental, employment, health and safety and anti-corruption regulations.
It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We ensure that wherever we operate, we implement and enforce effective systems to counter bribery.
Ultraleap ensure non-discrimination in personnel practices by directly addressing equality via management systems and methods.
Ultraleap is actively involved in scientific research, both in-house and in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. All of our experiments which involve human participants must undergo a rigorous ethical approval process in order to ensure participant safety and to protect their private data. To this end, Ultraleap has its own research ethics committee (REC) that oversees internal projects and ensures high standards.
We also endeavour not to use directly or indirectly forced labour, child labour and uphold the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act in respect of our company and within our supply chain.
We recognise that the success of our company is due to our talented people. We believe that inclusion and diversity make our teams stronger and more successful, and so we do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy, race, religious background and sexual orientation.
Ultraleap are committed to and support both local and national charities.
We encourage employees to volunteer or fundraise for charity.
Ultraleap have a charity committee that suggests fundraising events and provides support to the local community and national charities through this fundraising.
We are proud to have helped several local and national charities including Parkinson’s UK, Médecins Sans Frontières and Bristol Mind in the UK and LifeMoves in the US.
Health & Safety
Ultraleap recognises its duties under health and safety legislation and are committed to complying with the requirements of the law. Ultraleap will comply with its duties towards employees and the communities in which we operate, by maintaining safe and healthy working conditions and providing training and awareness on our company Health and Safety Policy.
Ultraleap’s policies encompass the safety and welfare of all visitors.
We expect employees at all levels to comply with their legal duties. This includes taking care of their own safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions.
Health and Safety policies and procedures are reviewed and audited at least annually to ensure that all current health and safety issues are covered and that any relevant changes in law have been accounted for.
Ultraleap aims to minimize the negative environmental impact of our operations, products and their packaging. We are committed to conforming with applicable regulations related to the Restricted Substances in Products. To this end Ultraleap is working towards ISO 14001:2015 qualification.
We measure and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of our business activities to meet our objectives and targets.
Ultraleap comply as a minimum with all relevant environmental legislation as well as other environmental requirements to which we subscribe.
Ultraleap also actively promotes environmental awareness within the company through focus weeks, reducing and improving our waste streams and encouraging sustainable travel for all employees.