The key performance indicators for monitoring and reporting our performance, and our plans for 2020, are summarised below.

Food quality and security

What we do

Advancing genetic improvement in food-producing animals, through technology and innovation

Highlights in the year

  • Drove further genetic improvement in both porcine and bovine species
  • Continued our work to combat PRRSv in pigs and signed a major collaboration agreement in China
  • Increased the availability of Sexcel in target markets around the world

What we plan to do next

  • Continue driving porcine and bovine genetic improvement and rapidly disseminate the genetics to customers globally
  • Continue responsible development of gene editing technology, to aid disease eradication and animal wellbeing

Animal well-being

What we do

Continuously improve animal welfare practices across our business worldwide

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE YEAR

  • Continued to invest in PIC and ABS animal housing facilities
  • Continued aligning standard operating procedures across the PIC supply chain
  • Maintained our focus on reducing bovine stress, to improve maternal health

WHAT WE PLAN TO DO NEXT

  • Ensure employees with animal care responsibilities are routinely trained on current animal care standards
  • Continue investment in animal housing facilities
  • Keep reviewing and updating animal care standards and operating procedures, to maintain alignment with best practice
  • Educate the industry on how Sexcel can significantly increase unassisted birthing of calves

Environment

What we do

Ensuring Genus is a proper steward of all environmental resources

Highlights in the year

  • Audited 80.3% of PIC-owned production sites
  • Improved feed efficiency by 0.02 kg of feed per kg of pork
  • Completed roll-out of eco-friendly porcine semen packaging solution in Mexico

What we plan to do next

  • Maintain scope and measures of PIC audits on owned production, including 80% of owned sites
  • Improve feed efficiency by 0.02 kg of feed per kg of pork per annum
  • Continue to evolve beef genetics that improve feed efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Explore opportunities for wider deployment of renewable energy solutions across ABS and PIC sites
  • Work to address nutrient management challenges by exploring technological innovations
  • Work to minimize packaging waste across genetic dissemination devices in global distribution channels

Health and Safety

What we do

Ensure a safe working environment for our colleagues

Highlights in the year

  • Vehicle incidents rose slightly by 2%
  • Recordable incidents dropped by 7%, although the proportion of animal-related injuries rose by 4%

What we plan to do next

  • Reduce occupational road risk year?on-year
  • Continue to reduce recordable injuries

Community

What we do

Proactively engage in communities where Genus operates

Highlights in the year

  • Recruited 146 staff into our PIC and ABS production sites
  • Enhanced our range of placement and employment opportunities for students and apprentices

What we plan to do next

  • Continue to respond to local community crises, recruit into local farms and encourage support for charities close to the local businesses and aligned with our mission

Governance

Our commitment to operating responsibly is ingrained within our company and overseen by the Board.

We have created a dedicated committee that reports to the Genus Executive Leadership Team (‘GELT’) on progress, performance and future plans. We have also established a sub-committee that focuses on animal well-being.

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Corporate governance