Health and safety is James Fisher's top priority and we actively strive for the continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace.

Our overarching goal remains to maintain the health and safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers and customers at all times.

The nature of our operations means that we frequently face hazards and harsh environments for which we are well prepared, trained and equipped.

We want people, including those benefitting from our products and services, to return safely to their homes, families, and friends every day. This is the inspiration for our "goal zero" incidents vision. To embed the right mindset and realise this vision, we will invest our efforts in three areas; policy development, education, and engagement.

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Health and safety governance

The Group’s health, safety and security priorities, objectives, and performance monitoring are co-ordinated and governed by:

  • The Health and Safety Committee: Chaired by the CEO and comprising the Executive Team, the Committee has oversight and conducts quarterly reviews of the Group’s health, safety and security performance
  • The Safety Forum: Comprising the health and safety leaders from each Product Line, the forum is responsible for providing updates on health, safety and security issues and events, sharing best practices, and advising the Health and Safety Committee on Group-wide initiatives to improve performance.
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Exceptional Safety

Our common goal is to ensure that everyone who works for us returns home safely. This requires the right safety culture, as well as the right tools and training.

In 2023, we launched 'Exceptional Safety' to raise the profile of safety across the Group and to provide a unified approach where we are all:

  • Responsible for safety
  • Empowered to speak up, stop the job and champion safety

Managers have been provided with briefing packs and videos to help them engage with their teams and to keep safety at the top of the agenda.

Exceptional Safety runs alongside the roll out of the James Fisher Life-Saving Rules which are based on the highest standards of industry best practice to provide our employees with the knowledge and tools to help keep everyone safe. 73% of employees have been trained on this, and this will become part of compliance training moving forwards.

In our recent employee engagement survey, the three safety questions all ranked highly, with the question 'safety is often talked about in my workplace' soring 4.40.

The focus on safety hasn't yet delivered the improvements we were looking for, but we remain committed to maintaining safety at the forefront of everything we do.

The launch of our new Incident Management and Reporting system which includes hazard observation, is a major milestone. It will helps us quickly identify any issues or trends so we can respond effectively, and will be an important tool to help improve safety for everyone working for James Fisher.

We are committed to having a zero-fatality workplace, and we are proud to report zero fatalities in 2023.

Reducing our environmental impact

James Fisher is committed to providing comprehensive public disclosure on our Group-wide sustainability performance which is tracked using well-established frameworks and alertness to changes in the external environment.

During 2023 the Company, assisted by SLR, ESG consultants, completed a gap analysis to assess the Group's climate-related disclosures. The frameworks considered for this were TCFD, IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards and the TPT (Transition Plan Taskforce) and the results will inform our detailed transition planning activities in 2024.

Sustainability Committee

Our Sustainability Committee, led by the Chief Executive Officer, reports directly to the Board of Directors and supports the Group’s sustainability strategy activation across all our operating companies.

  • Recommending to the Board sustainability / ESG objectives and strategy for the Group, having regard to the interests of its stakeholders
  • Recommending to the Board non-financial KPIs and targets
  • Successful execution of sustainability strategy and KPIs throughout the Group
  • Ongoing oversight of implementation of the individual stakeholder objectives and strategies into operating companies, through review of regular reports from the stakeholder working groups
  • ESG performance reporting both internally and externally ensuring compliance where regulated
  • Arrange for periodic reviews of its own performance and, at least annually, review its constitution and terms of reference to ensure it is operating at maximum effectiveness
Stakeholder working groups

The Sustainability Committee is supported by stakeholder working groups, each with the mandate for identifying and driving best practice initiatives for implementation by the operating companies of the strategy and sharing of information and recommendations to the Committee.

  • Translate overarching sustainability objectives and priorities into stakeholder-focused objectives, KPIs and targets
  • Identify, recruit and empower sustainability champions within operating companies, to drive roll-out of sustainability communication and initiatives
  • Adopt common activity policies among operating companies and locations and assist in coordinating compliance to achieve genuinely sustainable progression
  • Uphold responsible business practices, develop and implement plans to conduct Group operations more responsibly, identifying opportunities to improve
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Our environmental commitments and priorities

Find out how we aim to minimise the environmental impact of our operational footprint and the nature of the activities we undertake while actively investing in supporting the energy transition.

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