Why sustainability matters to us

Sustainability is part
of our culture

The Howdens culture is to be ‘worthwhile for all concerned’. Our business needs to be worthwhile for our staff, our customers, our suppliers, the environment, and the communities we work in.

Sustainability supports
our business model

Sustainable behaviour also gives us a competitive advantage and builds business resilience.

Lowest cost production in our own UK factories leads naturally to minimising waste, energy, and raw materials.

Being trusted partners to our suppliers and customers means that our relationships need to be worthwhile for all parties concerned over the long-term.

We have over 900 depots in the UK and Europe. Each one of them relies on strong local relationships to trade profitably, so we need to be a good neighbour in each of those communities.

Sustainability mitigates
our risks

Sustainable behaviour helps us to address some of our principal risks. For example, we invest in keeping our people safe, developing their skills, and offering them a great place to work. We do this because it’s the right thing to do, and it also mitigates our ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘Loss of key personnel’ risks.

Developing and maintaining sustainable supplier relationships mitigates our ‘Interruption to continuity of supply’ risk. Energy efficient, safe, and durable product, where sustainability considerations are built in as a pillar of the design process, mitigates our ‘Product design relevance’ risk.

Net Zero Plan

Our Net Zero Plan received approval from the SBTi in early 2024. This commits us to reducing our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% and our Scope 3 supply chain emissions by 25% by 2030 and targeting a 90% reduction by 2050 against a baseline year of 2021

Zero to Landfill

In 2023 our manufacturing and logistics operations maintained zero waste to landfill, and for the first time our network of over 800 UK depots has achieved zero waste to landfill


Of the chipboard and MDF used in our manufacturing processes is from FSC® or PEFC certified sources.

Our ESG vision

UK's leading responsible
kitchen business

A sustainable product offering,
responsibly manufactured or sourced,
that meets the needs of the builder and
the end-consumer

A unique and
sustainable culture

Maintaining and building on our culture
of being worthwhile for all concerned.
Continuing to grow a sustainable
business that appeals to current and
future stakeholders.

Leader in risk and
resilience governance

An agile and resilient business,
proactively managing ESG risks, with
transparent high-quality stakeholder

Our ESG strategy


Net Zero

Climate Resilience

Strategic PillarsRenewable energy / sustainable operationsSupply chain emissionsDecarbonise the fleetSustainable product offer and innovationSupply chain risk mapping and resilience

EDI:Strategic priorities and wellbeing
Bahavioural health and safety: Maintain and next steps
Effective waste management: Zero to landfill
Emmissions reduction: Carbon neutral

GovernanceEffective reporting and disclosure

Historic Sustainability Reports

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Business Model and Strategy

Find out more about our business model and strategy, the markets in which we operate and our strategic approach to protect our unique business model and ensure that the business continues to grow.


As a familiar sight across towns and cities in the UK and Europe, our depots are always within easy reach, so a trade professional never has far to travel to find their nearest Howdens. Get to know more about how each one operates.


Our sustainable behaviour is at the heart of our business and enables us to reduce some of our risks. We take great pride in ensuring that our business positively impacts the world around us and the people within it.


We are passionate about supporting the local communities we operate in, which is why our depots and support staff actively seek ways to give something back. Whether it is running half marathons or sponsoring local Scout groups, discover the many ways we help good causes.


With around 80 kitchen ranges, our exclusive Lamona appliance brand, and thousands of products across joinery and hardware, learn why our builders have come to trust the range and quality of the products we offer.

People and Careers

The Sunday Times named Howdens as one of the top 25 big companies to work for. Discover why Howdens is a great place to work, how we develop our people and reward them, whilst building a culture with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Financial Results

Download copies of the latest financial results for Howdens both past and present including the associated presentations and Interim Management Statements released between results announcements.


Howdens is a responsible business which was founded on the tenet that the Company should be worthwhile for all concerned, with a commitment to the people within its reach and the wider world. Here we provide the links to the framework that informs our decisions and outcomes.