Corporate Social Responsibility Statement

This policy sets out the basic values that should be applied by all employees wherever we do business.

Although such principles can never produce detailed advice on all situations or contingencies, they set a framework for how we should conduct our business affairs.

The Group’s success has been based upon a high degree of autonomy being afforded to branch/divisional managers, allowing them to serve local markets in the most appropriate manner, recognising that Hayley Group’s reputation and the trust and confidence of those with whom we deal are among our most vital assets. The protection of our reputation is of fundamental importance and is every employee’s responsibility. We are committed to compliance with those laws, regulations and standard which apply to our business activities. We expect all our employees to conduct their business dealings honestly, openly, fairly and in a courteous manner. We expect no less of all those with whom we do business.

We have always valued the people and relationships that have carried us thus far and enabled us to plan for the future. We respect the rights and dignity of all our employees. We are committed to creating a challenging environment of empowerment and continuous learning, generating a common sense of purpose and pride in working for the Group. We aim to establish clear values and objectives so that all employees understand and are committed to the aims of the Group and see their role within it. We will seek to realise the potential of employees, recognise individual and team contributions and reward competitively relative to our success.

Hayley Group will recruit and promote employees on the basis of their suitability for the job in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy and not discriminate on ground of race, ethnic origin, religion, political or other opinion, nationality, colour, gender, age, marital status or disability unrelated to the task at hand. We will not tolerate sexual, physical or mental harassment of employees and will not employ child labour.

We are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment in line with our Health & Safety Policy and Environmental Policy. We will ensure that employees, contractors and visitors are well informed and given appropriate training and guidance to enable them to carry out their tasks in a safe and competent manner.

All our employees have a responsibility to protect Hayley Group’s assets, including trademarks, databases, business documentation, intellectual property and confidential trading information. Employees must not, without prior written consent, have any direct or indirect interest in any supplier, customer or competitor of Hayley Group Companies that may conflict with the best interests of the Group. To this end, employees will use information received in the course of business dealing only for the purpose for which it is intended or normally used, and not for personal gain.

We recognise that our economic activity should generate economic benefits, and that we have responsibilities towards society and the environment in general and, in particular, towards our various stakeholders; employees, customers and suppliers, as well as the many people who come into contact with our business in one way or another. As a responsible member of our local and national communities, we will exercise a high level of care to minimise any adverse effects our activities may have on the environment. We will encourage and support the efforts of our employees to give service in the communities in which they live.

We seek to establish productive relationships with suppliers and business partners, and provide customers with value-for-money solutions driven by local market needs and supported by experienced staff, consistent quality of product, and reliability of service.

Hayley Group Managing Directors are responsible for ensuring the application of our values, and that they are understood and put into practice in their businesses, however, every employee is held accountable for implementing our values in a responsible manner.