Date published 29 September 2020
Like most businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our focus for 2020 and brought about changes than no one could have predicted. But, despite this, we have remained committed to The Marshalls Way, which means that we do the right things, for the right reasons, in the right way.
This summer we launched a new Marshalls Code of Conduct to everyone in the business. Whether they’re working remotely from the kitchen table or continuing to work safely in one of our quarries or manufacturing sites, it’s important that everyone remains connected to the business, our policies and responsibilities.
Our Code of Conduct also applies to our suppliers, our partners and our stakeholders. It’s an opportunity for us to start more conversations to encourage others to adopt and share some of the ethical values that are central to our business. These include:
- Paying Fair Tax and fair wages
We’re proud to be fair tax credited and to pay our fair share of tax. This is the 6th year we have received the Fair Tax Mark, which means we are open and transparent about our tax affairs and seek to pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time. As part of our commitment to our people, we retain the Living Wage Employers Accreditation.
- Protecting and respecting human rights, including taking action against modern slavery
Marshalls has been a United Nation’s Global Compact signatory for more than ten years. We have made a public commitment to uphold the ten principles which support the pillars of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Under these principles we lead way in tackling modern slavery in the UK, by empowering both our staff and other private sector businesses to spot the signs, and report them. Overseas, Marshalls has been engaged in the elimination of child labour in the Indian sandstone industry since 2005 and we have close working relationships with everyone in our global supply chain to ensure fair and safe working practices.
- Protecting the environment to create better spaces and futures
We care about the natural world and we recognise our responsibility to work within environmental limits. This is why we have publicly set Science Based Target Initiative approved carbon targets, and why we have already reached the UK Government 2020 target of a 37% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.