North East metal fabrication company Hydram Sheet Metalwork has been rated Silver in its 2024 EcoVadis sustainability assessment, placing it among the top 15% of rated companies.  

EcoVadis is the World‘s most trusted business sustainability rating and is regarded as a global standard for business sustainability.  It screens more than 2 million companies, and rates more than 130,000 companies in over 180 countries across more than 220 industries. 

Sustainability in Metal Fabrications 

Hydram’s Environment, Health and Safety Manager, Lewis Dartnall spearheaded the initiative to obtain EcoVadis recognition.  “Sustainability is a word that everyone is familiar with, but it can be hard for companies to get to grips with it, and turn the concept into tangible actions,” says Lewis.  “That’s where a framework like EcoVadis can help put structure around it and drive motivation to deliver improvements.” 

What is EcoVadis? 

The objective of the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating methodology is to measure the quality of a company’s CSR management system through its policies, actions and results.  The assessment evaluates 21 sustainability criteria across four core themes: 

  • Environment 
  • Labour & Human Rights 
  • Ethics 
  • Sustainable Procurement 

EcoVadis’ business sustainability ratings are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, and the ISO 26000 guidance on social responsibility, among others.  The ratings provide an evidenced-based analysis on performance and an actionable roadmap for continuous improvement. 

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Hydram Sheet Metalwork is committed to sustainability across all areas of the business whilst remaining an ethical and responsible organisation.  “We’ve always considered ourselves to be a responsible organisation – focusing on customer service, quality, health and safety and the environment, and you can see that in the number of ISO standards that we maintain,” enthuses Lewis. 

“Having a CSR policy or sustainability policy is fine, but when you get a third party involved to drill into all aspects, and provide a list of criteria you can benchmark against, it focuses people and drives positive change,” Lewis continues.  “Thanks to the efforts of my colleagues, particularly in HR and purchasing, we can now prove our sustainability credentials with an internationally recognised award.” 

A Sustainable Metal Fabricator 

Hydram’s Silver rating is a significant achievement in its second assessment year, as the company’s rating increased from a Bronze rating in the previous year, and the company is now in the 86th percentile across all industries.  “Continuous improvement has been embedded in the company long before I started,” says Lewis, “and the fact that we have made an improvement on sustainability is something we should be proud of, and I think customers will see that and want to talk to us about it.” 

Hydram works with a surprising number of industry sectors, and has always been committed to sustainability across all areas of the business whilst remaining an ethical and responsible organisation.  Now, Hydram’s customers can benefit from association with an accredited sustainable sheet metal supplier.  From power generation equipment to bus and coachbuilding, earth-moving vehicles to trains and HVAC systems, Hydram’s customers can be assured that they are working with a responsible, professional, experienced, supply chain partner – one that takes corporate social responsibility seriously. 

Hydram Engineering Ltd