We believe that a commitment to the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) not only makes good business sense but also complements our core business strategy and corporate values. Our policy is based on the following principles:
In developing our strategy and setting out our policy for the first time we aim to deliver gradual but continuous improvements in our performance every year. As a result, our approach continues to evolve as we learn lessons along the way. To help define our policy we have divided it into four key areas:
Helping to keep families safer on their journeys and encouraging an active lifestyle
We recognise that we play an important role in our local communities and we aim to make the communities in which we operate better places. We encourage and empower our employees to get involved with their local communities and use their skills and where possible the Company’s resources to help create a mutual benefit.
Finding, supporting and developing great people throughout their Halfords journey
We strive to ensure all colleagues enjoy their work and have opportunities to consistently amaze our customers through their friendly expertise. As such, we continue to invest in our 3-Gears, apprenticeship and leadership development programmes and actively look for ways in which we can promote and increase the diversity of our workforce.
Managing our impact on the environment in a responsible and ethical manner
We know that our work has an impact on the environment and that we have a duty to manage that impact in a responsible and ethical manner. We do this through identifying all significant environmental impacts and putting processes into place to prevent, reduce and mitigate them. This also makes good business sense.
Building and maintaining the highest standards amongst our suppliers
We are committed to maintaining high standards amongst our suppliers. 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 or the exploitation of children and young people in our business and undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that these standards are maintained.
The development and implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Board Committee, chaired by Non-Executive Director Helen Jones.