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. Hardscape are also verified under BRE’s Ethical Labour Sourcing (ELS) Standard here.
Our Vision – Building amazing places.
Our Values – Innovation, Knowledge, Quality, People and Communication.
Hardscape have graduated to Leadership Status membership ranking within the Ethical Trading Initiative. Verification of our Ethical Trade projects’ implementation and demonstration may be obtained by contacting Nick Jones, our Sustainability Manager or alternatively the ETI Head of Membership or the Dalit Solidarity Network UK.
As an introduction to the Ethical Trading Initiative the ETI have produced a short introductory video.