Corporate social responsibility is built into our culture and working practices, ensuring that everything we do is measured in terms of social, ethical and environmental impact. Whether it’s our Health & Safety policies, the reduction of accidents or the training of apprentices, we are determined to make a positive change.
Corporate social responsibility starts at the top, with an executive team that is driven to make a positive social, ethical and environmental impact. We live and breathe our guiding principles, which ensure sound policies and good working practices are adopted throughout the group.
Under our Safety First branding, our policies and procedures cement our commitment to protecting the health & safety of our employees, contractors and customers. Our regular training initiatives include training our operational managers in IOSH Managing Safely, and key members of our Health & Safety team have obtained their NEBOSH Diploma. We also work tirelessly to improve the way we capture accident information and raise awareness about near miss reporting. In this way, we promote safety now and work proactively to prevent incidents in the future.
Our vehicles are a familiar sight on the roads and we are well aware of their impact – and that of the group as a whole – on the environment. That’s why we are continuously looking for innovative ways to improve our environmental performance across every area of our business, whether it’s training and monitoring our drivers to ensure the most environmentally friendly performance from our vehicles, installing solar panels on our warehouses to reduce our carbon footprint, or using grey or recycled water to wash our vehicles. We continue to support and work closely with environmental organisations and equipment manufacturers to ensure the equipment and vehicles we procure are at the forefront of environmentally friendly technology. We are also members of a number of accredited schemes, including BRC Global Standards, FIAS, Soil Association and DTAS – all of which help us to actively manage, and continuously strive to reduce, our impact on the environment.
We are acutely aware of the UK’s driver shortage. To this end, we are committed to training 80 driver apprentices every year, whilst also identifying opportunities to encourage logistics as a career choice for the next generation. We are passionate about developing our employees through operational and developmental training. In 2017, we signed the Armed Forces Covenant to demonstrate our commitment to supporting service leavers as they transition into civilian life and into companies like ours. In addition, we continue to look to increase gender diversity within our company by identifying ways of making our sector more attractive to women. We support the RHA She’s Campaign, which aims to encourage more women into the world of distribution.
We actively support our employee’s participation in charitable activities and publish stories of their involvement – and the sums raised – in our staff newsletter, NewsBrief. We often sponsor events in the local community, recognising our responsibility to the areas in which we operate.
We want our employees to be at the heart of the group – helping us to develop our offering and drive improvements. To this end, we engage with them in a variety of forums, including driver meetings, employee councils and Health & Safety committee meetings. We publish regular company-wide newsletters as well as weekly bulletins for the individual parts of the group. Needless to say, we also ensure that hard work and initiative are recognised, while the commitment and contribution of staff is rewarded with our long service awards.