We believe that all employees have a right to work in a safe and healthy environment and we intend to carry out our business without putting employees, or others, health or physical wellbeing at risk.
The directors recognise their commitment and responsibility to ensure adequate health and safety provision for all staff, customers and contractors.
The central idea of Howdens is that it should be worthwhile for all concerned. Putting this into practice – wanting others to do well, not just ourselves – is what sets Howdens apart, and what will guarantee its future.
Fundamental to this idea is that we keep our employees safe at work. We have around 12,000 employees in the UK and Europe (and counting) and we need to keep them all safe. There should be no compromise on health and safety.
Our two operational divisions and central functions, whilst different operationally and in their deployment methodologies, share the same intent and purpose:
We have made good progress on health and safety to date but the next step of our journey is to strengthen the effectiveness of our existing processes with increased emphasis on a safety culture.
We intend to match our commitment to growth and development with a continued focus on being a responsible company. We are committed to ensuring that our business remains worthwhile for all concerned.
We are mindful of Howdens’ responsibilities concerning energy use, waste reduction, ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials, and support and enrichment of the local communities in which we operate, even in the face of increasing demands on our resources.
With over 800 depots throughout the UK, we are a local business with national scale and therefore have unique responsibilities to all of the communities in which we operate.
Our business model encourages sustainable behaviour. It is part of our competitive advantage. Lowest cost production in our factories leads naturally to trying to minimise waste and the use of energy and raw materials. Our stated aim of “no-call-back quality” means that we produce and source product which is durable and safe.
Being trusted partners to both our suppliers and our customers means that our relationships with them need to work for all parties over the long term. Our relationship model means being a good employer and a good neighbour in all of the communities in which we operate. Regardless of what part of the business they operate, we expect all our employees to share the same intent and purpose:
We will continue to focus on the main areas of importance to us and to our stakeholders.