Ethical Trading

The Halfords Code of Conduct on Ethical Trading states our policy on legislation, child labour, conditions of employment, wages and benefits, human trafficking, health and safety and environmental policy.

We undertake all reasonable and practical steps, including factory, warehouse and tied accommodation inspections and audits, to ensure that our standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers and that local legislation and regulations are complied with. We will assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis and will then tailor remedial action appropriately. We will only trade with those who fully comply with this policy or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.

We oppose the exploitation of children and young people and, in addition to national employment laws, we require of our suppliers that children under the age of 14 years, or those below the age for completion of compulsory schooling, must not be employed full-time.

We oppose the exploitation of workers and we will not tolerate forced labour, or labour which involves physical, verbal or psychological harassment, or intimidation of any kind. We will not accept human trafficking in our business or supply chain. The recruitment, provision or importation of a person for labour services must not be undertaken through the use of force, coercion, abduction or fraud. We will not permit the exploitation of, or discrimination against, any vulnerable group. Workers must have the right to form and join organisations to facilitate freedom of association and collective bargaining and all workers must have written employment details, which must pay due regard to the welfare of individuals. We support fair and reasonable rewards for workers. Wages should reflect local norms and should meet or exceed any legal minimum wage levels. Wages must be paid in cash, or by cheque or bank transfers. Workers must receive full written details of their pay. While local and cultural differences will be observed, workers must not be expected to work in excess of 60 hours per week on a regular basis, including overtime. Any overtime must be voluntary. Workers will be entitled to at least one day off in seven. Individual workers have the right to choose not to take their days off should they so wish.

We require that appropriate health and safety training, including training in fire safety, be provided for all people in all working areas. All activities must be carried out under conditions that have proper and adequate regard for the health and safety of those involved. Management arrangements must be in place to detect, avoid and respond to potential threats to health and safety.

We promote our own business objectives with those in our supply chain to minimise the environmental impact of our operations and also encourage the consideration of social issues in business.

Click here to view the Halfords Board Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement