Focussing on the ethics of our business, employees, partners and suppliers

By supporting a sustainable economy, we ensure that as we grow as a company we also engage our customers and suppliers through our ethical business practices.

Inclusive growth


As we continue to grow and succeed as a business, we recognise that have the opportunity and responsibility to have a positive impact on smaller enterprises and our nearby communities. Therefore we work with many small and medium-sized enterprises, social enterprises and ones owned by minorities.


We’re a company that believes that business can and must be a force for good. This means that our stationary spend supports positive social change – from teaching kids in the UK employability skills, to providing mainly women in the developing world with micro loans to develop their own businesses.


Also, our security services provider is one of the largest social enterprises in the UK. They believe in creating a fairer society, supporting people and their local communities.

Sustainable supply chain


We put sustainability at the heart of everything we do – and want our suppliers to do so too! We want to make sure we’re supporting businesses that share our sustainability vision.


All suppliers must agree to our Code of Conduct and Terms & Conditions, which contain legally binding sustainability commitments. We assess all suppliers on the basis of the sustainability risk they pose, and we engage “sustainability critical” ones further; we assess them using Ecovadis, engage them in reviews of their performance and report our activity regularly. In this way we ensure that our supply chain upholds our standards for environmental, social and economic sustainability.

‘Supply chains are the source of both our biggest sustainability impacts and significant opportunities, so we have made our Supply Chain programme an integral part of our sustainability strategy, which is founded on this belief.’

Chief Procurement Officer


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