ISO 9001:2015 has become the International reference for quality requirements with certification, the preferred solution for over half a million organisations in at least 159 countries. Focus on quality is important in sustaining long term business success and Hardscape’s commitment to high standards was initially rewarded in December 2006 with an internationally recognised quality management system (QMS) Standard in ISO 9001:2008.
This industry standard accreditation, from a reputable provider, sets out a clear demonstration and intent of Hardscape’s responsibilities towards quality management systems and processes. In line with the criteria for accreditation, annual assessment audits are carried out to continually refine our procedures and processes.
Hardscape invested heavily in 2015/2016 installing an Integrated Management System to cover all of our core businesses processes, in order to provide high customer service levels whilst considering the environment in everything that we do.
Our efforts have seen us achieve ISO 9001 and in November 2016 the 14001:2015 UKAS accreditation via externally audited independent inspections, of which we are extremely proud.
In order to achieve this, organisations must demonstrate that they have systems in place to help minimise any negative effects to the environment, comply with any applicable legislation and regulations, and continually improve in everything that they do in relation to environmental matters.
BES 6002: The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard is a leading global compliance standard operated by BRE Global applicable to any company of any size who supply the Construction and Built sector. This BRE Environmental & Sustainability Standard specifies the requirements for an organisation to demonstrate ongoing commitments to the principles of ethical labour sourcing in relation to the sourcing of raw materials and the supply of finished products or services to the Construction & Built Environment or Industry.
The Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard, BES 6002, enables Hardscape to demonstrate to clients, partners and other stakeholders our Company’s commitment with demonstrable action to eliminate modern slavery and/or human trafficking and/or anti-corruption and/or specific environmental issues within Company operations and all tiers of the product supply chain.
Hardscape are entered on the BRE Global Greenbook Live as BES 6002 compliant.
Ethical Trade Initiative
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a UK Government and United Nations recognised oversight alliance of Business, Government, Trade Unions and NGOs who adopt the base code, which reflects international standards of labour practices and other human rights due diligence good practice, and tackle human, labour or environmental rights abuse in their supply chains to meet SDG 2030 commitments.
There are 4 levels of ETI membership: foundation, improver, achiever and leader. Working the recognised frameworks to demonstrate action in our own operations and value chain Hardscape were independently assessed and graduated to the highest member category of Leadership Status ranking.
The Stone Federation of Great Britain
Hardscape are members of the Stone Federation GB who are the official trade association for the natural stone industry. We are also representative on the Landscape Forum, the group is made up of members working within the landscape sector of the natural stone industry. The Forum’s regular contributors include British and international quarry operators and stone suppliers as well as sealant and mortar manufacturers. This mix of companies brings a wide-ranging expertise to the Forum and enables us to ensure that we are resourcing and promoting this sector of the membership effectively.
The Federation co-ordinates all aspects of the industry and provides specifiers and users with a first point of contact for information, advice and guidance in sourcing an appropriate material and a reliable service. The Stone Federation represents employers, liaises with government on legal affairs, health and safety, technical standards, craftsmanship, training and education. Stone Federation GB provides a one-stop shop for product information, technical guidance and advice on all aspects of specifying and working with stone.
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