At Randox, we believe we can help to build a sustainable and healthy future by delivering products and services that enable positive economic, social and environmental outcomes for our customers and neighbours worldwide.
As the global population grows and sustainability challenges intensify, we are also accelerating the development of products and services that can make a positive contribution to healthcare. We aim to identify and focus on the areas where our products can address healthcare challenges most effectively.
Our corporate responsibility and sustainability management mirrors the way we manage our business. We believe in - and practice - corporate social responsibility towards all our stakeholders, not only because it is the right approach ethically, but because it makes good business sense as well.
As a leading manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare products we interact numerous times a day with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders. These include everyone from our suppliers, employees, customers, distribution partners and regulators, to the 130 countries where we sell our products and services. We work with them in accordance with the values defined in our corporate social responsibility - honesty, openness, integrity and trust. Our commitment is to be consistently responsible and ethical in all our dealings with these stakeholders. We recognise the value to our business of the good relations we enjoy with them.
The foundations of our approach to corporate social responsibility are these four pillars: people, environment, marketplace and community. We continuously monitor and evaluate our performance under these headings, seeking always to improve the way we operate.
Over the last number of years, we have implemented an enhanced focus on how we manage these critically important dimensions of our business. Getting them right is a key part of Randox's aim to become the number one diagnostics company in the world.
Over the years our workforce has shown a sense of commitment to our business and there is considerable depth of experience among our management team and employees.
We rely on our people - their enthusiasm, their talent, their commitment - to maintain and build on the success of our business, even more so in today's competitive global market. We depend on our people to deliver excellent products and services to our customers and believe that the better experience our employees have at Randox, the better service they will give.
Our manufacturing facilities are among the best in the world for diagnostics manufacturing. This achievement is down to our vision of what our business should be and down to the people who are making that vision happen. Innovation is a key dimension of how we do things. Across our extensive site, we have excellent buildings, efficient layouts, good work flows and great systems. But its success as a facility depends primarily on the quality of our people.
Our policy is to achieve and maintain the appropriate internationally recognised standards governing all facets of our business. We have already achieved the Quality Assurance standard ISO 13485.
Caring for our environment is common sense. As it reduces medium term costs, running our business in ways that help the environment also makes commercial sense.
There is increasing awareness of the importance of reducing carbon footprints as part of a range of measures to counter climate change. From 2008, we have been working at reducing our carbon footprint into the future and developing a series of practical plans to achieve this outcome, in areas like manufacturing and offices.
Our marketplace has become increasingly complex and global. We sell considerable quantities of diagnostic products in diverse export markets. Our strategy is based on reflecting consumers' changing needs and responding to these through product innovation, new forms of packaging and better marketing. Our products are premium products, offering high quality and consistency compared to their competition. We therefore, invest much time and effort into product quality and assurance systems and operate these to world class standards.
At the moment the vast majority of our employees work and live in County Antrim. We have several hundred people that work in our 25 global offices, including our new facilities in Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and West Virginia in the United States.
We provide long term contracts for suppliers that give them a greater degree of commercial certainty. Through our wage bill, purchasing, employment of six hundred employees at our County Antrim sites and payment of taxes we are an enormous boost to the economy.
We are actively involved in the local community through our support of local clubs, charities and other groups. We also work with a wide range of national and international groups.
These can be divided into four groups; educational, cultural, sport and social, as shown below.
The Ulster Immunology Group (UIG) present two student awards each year to high achieving students at the University of Ulster. One award goes to the top achieving student and the other to the top Immunology student at the University. These awards recognise the growing talent in the field of immunology and Randox is honoured to be associated with such an important event.
The Annual Undergraduate Prize - Giving Ceremony within the Management School of Queen's University recognises the highest calibre of students with awards for each section of the school. Randox is pleased to be a long standing sponsor of this annual event.
Liverpool John Moore's University has more than 24,000 students and has added considerably to the city of Liverpool, culturally, socially and economically. With a very comprehensive range of quality courses available, students flock to the University. Randox is pleased to be associated with and sponsor such a prize within this prestigious University.
Lab Tests Online has been designed to help patients understand the many clinical laboratory tests that form a major part of diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. This site allows the user to search for conditions and diseases as well as searching directly for tests. It is a great help to patients who want to know more about the tests they require. As a corporate sponsor of Lab Tests Online, Randox strongly encourages the sharing of this vital information.
STEM is a government run initiative with an aim to develop the core skills of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among pupils within the UK from Primary Schools all the way through to University students in order to increase their choices and career opportunities. AntrimPrimary School is involved in the STEM initiative and Randox have presented awards at the school recently. Randox engineers visited the school to give interactive talks about the importance of engineering. Together with STEM, Randox hopes to stimulate increased interest in these areas of education as today's pupils are the future of innovation and technological advances.
Down's syndrome or Trisomy 21, is a chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome. Down's syndrome is not curable but quality of life can be improved with the correct care. Randox is honoured to sponsor such an important event.
Randox is a member of the EPMA Industrial Advisory Board, which plays a key role in issue-related national and international projects. The main aim of EPMA is to raise awareness of predictive, preventive and personalised medicine throughout all European Union countries. EPMA also provide current and accurate information on predictive, preventive and personalised medicine as well as performing other important tasks such as promoting high quality research and contributing to the creation of guidelines.
Barry Douglas founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 as an orchestra of Irish musicians determined to match the best in the world. Through its tours in USA, South America, China and most of Europe it has quickly developed a reputation for excellence and for creating a particularly distinctive Irish string sound. Randox have committed to a second three year term as global sponsor of Camerata Ireland.
Working with Seeds for Africa, Ricoh are providing individuals with the chance to reduce their carbon footprint and help communities in various African countries. Ricoh and Seeds of Africa are working hard to plant trees in schools and hospitals in some of the poorest areas in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone as well as in the UK. Randox is delighted to sponsor such vital work.
Originating in Cork in 1752, Point-to-Points are now firmly established in national hunt racing. With many of the great horses of today having started their careers on the Irish Point-to-Point circuits. In April 2010, Randox hosted the inaugural Randox, Killultagh, Old Rock & Chichester Hunt Point-to-Point Steeplechase at Randox HQ in Crumlin, CountyAntrim. Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox is Chairman of the Killultagh, Old Rock & Chichester Hunt, accomplished polo player and keen horseman.
In 2009, the East Belfast Coarse Angling Club (EBCAC) took part in the Irish World Club Team Championships qualifier where the winning team would represent Ireland in the prestigious World Club Team Championships the following year in Poland. EBCAC won both days of the qualifier. After a last minute venue change, the World Championships took place in June 2010, where EBCAC finished 27th. Randox sponsored the team and is very proud of the progress they made in the tournament.
Nick Hawes is a long standing customer of Randox and was sponsored by the company when he took part in the London Marathon 2010. Attracting thousands of participants from all over the globe each year, the London Marathon is no easy challenge. We would like to congratulate Nick Hawes on his success in the marathon.
Antrim Grammar School in County Antrim, Northern Ireland has an outstanding Rugby team. The team recently visited South Africa on a Rugby tour where they got to play matches with teams from South African schools. Randox is pleased to support the team as they continue their ongoing success.
Randox was the major corporate sponsor of a Go Games event held in September 2009. Organised by St James' Aldergrove GAA Club, the day was a fantastic family day out for the hundreds of people who attended. The Go Games have become a showcase event where young players demonstrate their talent at Gaelic football. Randox staff were given the privilege of presenting awards to the winning teams.
Crew United Football team
The Mary from Dungloe Festival takes place each year in Dungloe, CountyDonegal. A week long event, it provides a fantastic day out for people of all ages - an overall good family day. The event culminates in the crowning of the winner of the Mary from Dungloe pageant. With a base in Dungloe, Randox is a long standing sponsor of this social event.
Many young people in Scotland are unemployed and aren't in education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity. The Prince's Trust addresses this issue by providing practical and financial support to those young people. The charity helps young people gain the key skills, confidence and motivation required to move into work or education. Each year, Randox hold a prestigious Polo Event at SconePalace in Scotland. At this event, generous donations are made to The Prince's Trust.
Northern Ireland, as with the rest of the UK, has a high rate of young people not in employment or education. Randox also supports The Prince's Trust Northern Ireland to help these young people get into employment, education or training. A Polo Event and Gala Ball are held at Randox headquarters in CountyAntrim each year, where guests can donate to this prestigious charity.
Friends Forever is a global awareness organisation dedicated to peace, particularly in Ireland and Israel. They work with local communities to raise awareness and build programmes to support young leaders in order to address the challenges their communities face. Randox is committed to this cause and is a corporate sponsor to Forever Friends. Randox is delighted to be engaged in an organisation that helps improve society.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity based in the UK working in child protection. The charity work off a belief that they can make a difference to all children in the UK, which is why they work endlessly to stop cruelty to children.