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Health and safety

We have around 10,000 employees and we want all of them to go home, safe and healthy every day. We adhere strictly to health and safety codes to protect staff, whilst focusing on a safety culture, supporting employees’ physical and mental health.

Accident reporting

It is our aim to entirely prevent workplace accidents. Our office staff follow clear precautionary procedures, whilst our manufacturing sites are fitted with machinery that has the latest safety features. This led to a significant drop of 38% in the severity of accidents from 2014-2018, and our Reportable Injury Rate results continue to show we are performing significantly better than the UK national average.

Safe to Trade

In 2018, we rolled out a new tool kit for depot staff, entitled Safe to Trade. The pack sets out expected standards of safety for each depot, to ensure consistency across the network. All existing depot workers were retrained using the system, whilst new staff now work through it as part of their induction. The training materials include a film book, online software and a flip folder for quick reference or refresher training.

Safe to Supply

Our manufacturing and logistics sites understandably carry an enhanced risk of accidents. In response to this, we have created the Safe to Supply behavioural programme. It places a strong onus on staff to take responsibility for their well-being, and of those around them. So far, 1,500 employees have completed the training, which includes asking the question, “Am I safe, and are my workmates safe?” before carrying out a task.

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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.
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Our depots

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.
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Sustainability

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.
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In the community

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.
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Our products

With more than 80 kitchen styles, an exclusive appliance brand, Lamona, 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.
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People & 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.
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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.
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Governance

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.