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Sustainability matters

 

We describe the Howdens culture as being ‘worthwhile for all concerned’ and ‘creating the conditions that allow everyone to succeed’. That means that our business needs to be worthwhile for our staff, our customers, our suppliers, the environment, and the communities we work in.

Sustainable behaviour also gives us a competitive advantage. Lowest cost production in our dedicated UK factories leads naturally to minimising waste, energy, and raw materials. Our mission statement aim of ‘no-call-back quality’ means that we need to produce and source product which is durable and safe.

The importance of sustainable behaviour is recognised right through the business. The Board and Executive Committee reinforced their commitment in 2020 through a wide-ranging Strategic Review of our Environmental Social and Governance priorities, that we set out in our Sustainability report. The review clarified our ESG Vision for the future. It identified four main commitments, as well as a range of other potential targets and research projects. It included engaging with key stakeholders to test our assessment of our material ESG areas, as well as selecting our material United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

100%

of manufacturing waste reused, recovered or recycled in 2020

RIDDORs

Reportable injuries per 100k were 32% below the HSE all-industry average in 2020

UN SDGs

Howdens ESG projects and commitments were mapped to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in 2020

Why Sustainability Matters to us

Health and Safety

Fundamentally, we believe there should be no compromise on health and safety. We prioritise employee well-being and go to every length to provide people with the safest-possible working conditions. Read more about the stringent code we have established to deliver this.

Supply chain and product

We strive to source ethical FSC® and PEFC™ certified materials in a tenable fashion, which allow us to deliver safe and durable products our end users can enjoy for many years. Learn about the processes behind this aim, including our chain of custody, safety testing and certifications.

Our environment

The Howdens culture is to be “worthwhile for all concerned”, and that means that we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. Our main concerns are around zero waste to landfill, reducing our emissions, and energy efficiency.

Communities

We are passionate about supporting local community projects and nationwide working together with Leonard Cheshire.

Historic Sustainability Reports

HOWDENS Making space more valuable

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.

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.

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.

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.

Products

With nearly 65 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.

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.