Last week Kingspan outlined the actions it has taken and is taking in response to a number of serious issues arising out of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry process. Law firm Eversheds Sutherland has conducted a rigorous review of Kingspan’s UK Insulation Boards business to ascertain how the issues occurred.
Kingspan uncovered unacceptable employee conduct at its UK Insulation Boards business, and historical process shortcomings by this business. In a statement alongside its results last week Kingspan apologised again for these shortcomings which were not consistent with its values or its commitment to conduct its business to the highest safety standards.
Gene Murtagh, Chief Executive Officer of Kingspan said: “The unacceptable conduct and historical process shortcomings, involving a small number of employees in our UK insulation boards business, do not reflect the high standards of integrity and safety that are core Kingspan values, deeply held by our people.
“We have already implemented several important changes that demonstrate our commitment to product compliance and good governance. Our aims are clear: to reassure that safety takes precedence over all other considerations and to ensure this can never happen again.”
The actions taken, and underway, by Kingspan include a compliance and governance review led by law firm Eversheds Sutherland and Kingspan is committed to implementing in full the recommendations made
The group is also introducing new fire testing and accreditation protocols, publishing all BS 8414 test reports (pass and fail) and it will introduce a new Marketing Integrity Manual. Kingspan is also fully engaged in several industry initiatives including providing full support for the new Construction Products Regulator, and the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) that is due to be introduced later this year.
In addition it has appointed a Group Head of Compliance & Certification reporting directly to the Group CEO, whose team will cover each business division across the Group; extending the role of the Board Audit Sub-Committee.