As a company based on renewable resources, our 2023 Annual Integrated Report presents the beautiful, intricate shapes found in nature, reflecting the way we are continually shaping our business to achieve our vision of a thriving world.
There have been many challenges in recent times, including the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns which were swiftly followed by the Russia-Ukraine war.
This sent energy and food prices rising, igniting global supply chain and cost-of-living crises which in turn led to social unrest in many parts of the world. Extreme weather events in many parts of the world compounded uncertainty.
These connected events, together with generally subdued consumer sentiment, impacted the demand for many of our products.
However, while these developments may shape our world, they have increased our determination not just to react to our environment but to shape a bold, cohesive response. Based on our longstanding track record of renewing, revitalising and redefining our business and plans to continue our success, we are well positioned to do so.
There are no constant conditions in our operating environment, but there are some constants in our response: We will continue to focus on growing our business, sustaining our financial health, driving operational excellence and enhancing trust.
We will do so by creating career and personal development opportunities for our engaged, inspired employees and promoting sustainable livelihoods within our communities. Innovation will continue to be key to delivering profit and margin improvement, with sustainability and our priority United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) an increasingly important core value and development platform.
By shaping our purpose with positive, creative force, we drive results sustainably, gain the trust of and serve our shareholders, customers, employees and society at large.