Hardscape are increasingly aware of the ongoing global debate in the use of ecologically sustainable materials and the impact of the carbon footprint on today’s society and as a consequence remain committed to demonstrate sound environmental performance of their activities, products and services.
ETHICAL TRADE POLICY
Furthering its commitment to fair working practices and respect for the individual both in the UK and more specifically internationally, 2006 saw Hardscape receive SGS accreditation for natural stone producing factories in China covering social and ethical conditions. In 2019 Hardscape graduated to Leadership Status ranking within the ETI.
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
In accordance with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and its associated legislation, this document sets out the overall policy of Hardscape towards the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees and others who may be affected by its undertakings.
Hardscape’s policy is to provide products and service of the highest quality which fully satisfy our customers’ requirements. Total Quality will be a permanent feature within our Group. It will be implemented, monitored, nurtured and maintained by having a continuing quality improvement programme, which will be achieved through our people working together for success.
MODERN SLAVERY ACT STATEMENT
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into effect on 29th October 2015. This law requires Corporate Companies supplying goods or services to the UK, and have an annual turnover exceeding £36 million to disclose information regarding their policies to eradicate all forms of slavery (including child, bonded & forced prison labour), human trafficking. Section 54 specifically requests a Corporate mandate to demonstrate ethical transparency within their supply chain and within their business.
Anti-Child Labour Policy
The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) came into force on 2n September 1990 and is a Human Rights Treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of Children. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the UK Government ratified the Rights of Children and recognised that Child Labour particularly, represents a serious hazard that disrupts the healthy development of a child and which can limit or damage the physical, mental, social, or psychological development of Children undermining the UN Convention. Hardscape pioneered in adopting an Anti-Child Labour Policy which outlines our position on employing minors and aims to ensure our company and value chain follows the UNCRC, the ILO Convention and more latterly, the Base Code Principles of ETI, to guarantee no child labour is used within the production processes of our materials.
The Bribery Act 2010 (‘Act’) came into force on 1st July 2011 replacing a number of older laws and creating a single comprehensive code in relation to bribery. The Act creates new offence parameters and places responsibility on organisations as well as the individual. Hardscape respect the Bribery Act and have been at the fore-front of pioneering an anti-bribery policy which outlines our position regarding Bribery of staff and throughout our value chain.
Hardscape is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. The organisation, in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities, is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY
For many, corporate social responsibility (CSR) presents an opportunity for a business to strengthen relations with stakeholders at every level, having become an integral part of developing company strategies and partnerships. Hardscape is always committed to conducting its business in a responsible and sustainable way, as it is integral to the way that we do business. We are committed to behaving in a way that is beneficial to all our customers, suppliers and employees inclusive of the environment and the wider community.