Hardscape are committed to:

  • Ensuring employment is freely chosen
  • Ensuring Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining by our work force is respected
  • Ensuring that working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Ensuring that Child labour will not be used in our production process
  • Ensuring that living wages are paid
  • Ensuring that working hours are not excessive
  • Ensuring that no discrimination on any grounds is practiced in the workforce
  • Ensuring that regular employment is provided
  • Ensuring that no harsh or inhuman treatment is allowed
  • Working with our supply chain partners to ensure a process of continuous, incremental improvement

Ethical trade, human rights and reducing the impact of any development are the founding principles of Hardscape and are more relevant now than at any point since we were established in 1994.

We are and have always embraced ethical practices and values which allow an individual to lead a dignified and independent life, free from abuse or violations.

Our business and supply chains are built upon these values in a sustainable manner to prevent any form of abuse, exploitation or breach of human rights. Anybody who is directly or indirectly employed by Hardscape or our supply chain will be assured of the Protect-Respect-Remedy framework.

Hardscape is an organisation that lives and thrives in a world of continuous evolution, recognised by the UK and Irish Governments as an example for embracing the challenges and responsibilities for ethical and fair trade and human rights. Our Corporate Social Responsibility extends throughout every department of Hardscape and is based upon ethical business practice and reflected in each of our policies.

As a business we respect workers, their legal rights, labour and employment law and know that our entire supply chain is free from exploitation and discrimination, allowing all employees to work in conditions of freedom, equality and security.

To diligent Landscape Architects, Architects, Contractors, Engineers and other interested parties to our entire product range, we affirm that Hardscape are a family heritage company who believe in being a trusted brand. In essence we are your Business and Human Rights diligence and we are your Ethical Trade Pioneers.

The business case for ethical trade – see video.

The Modern Slavery Act became UK Corporate Law in October 2015, Hardscape meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and our public statement is lodged with the Modern Slavery Registrar here.

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Our Vision – Building amazing places.
Our Values – Innovation, Knowledge, Quality, People and Communication.

Ethical Trading Initiative

Ethical Trading Initiative logo

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.

Hardscape have been full members of ETI since 2010.

Verification of our Ethical Trade programmes may be obtained by contacting Alex Warren, our Operations Director or alternatively the ETI Head of Membership.

As an introduction to the Ethical Trading Initiative the ETI have produced a short introductory video.

Ethical Trade Policy

BES 6002

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.

BRE 6002 Certificate of Verification.