It is important we have a clear and robust governance framework for corporate responsibility. This is provided in two ways: internally, through our Board Committees; and externally, through the advice and critical feedback from our Expert Advisory Panel.

Our Corporate Responsibility Committee is now chaired by our PLC Chairman, John Allan, following Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker’s retirement from the PLC Board. More information of the activities of the CR Committee this year can be found in the Governance section of our Annual Report on page 40.

Our Expert Advisory Panel, which we established in February 2014, is comprised of four independent corporate responsibility advisors who meet every quarter to provide advice on best practice and act as a critical voice to our activities. This year we have worked to bring the Panel and CR committee closer together so that the advice we receive from our external advisers is reflected more closely in our internal plans.