Ethical Business

H+H is a leading manufacturer within the construction industry and is associated with several Trade Associations, full list available here.

Trade Associations and research institutions do much to advance knowledge and innovation within the construction sector. H+H is an active member of some of the most respected such organisations.

As a leading manufacturer within the construction industry we are pleased to support and contribute to organisations dedicated to promoting and maintaining standards within the UK.

H+H believes that a sustainable business is one that is governed by the highest ethical principles. 

Our operating principles align well with the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

3 – Health and Wellbeing; 
8 - Decent work and economic growth; 
10  -Reduced inequalities and 
12 – Responsible consumption and production.

H+H UK aims for zero harm to its people and aims to be an attractive employer. 

Health and Safety 

The building materials industry faces inherent health and safety risks from the heavy equipment used for production.

H+H addresses this risk with a proactive approach to continuous improvement in our safety management. One example of this approach resulted in winning the 2020 Safety and Health Excellence Award in the Manufacturing category. 

This award recognised one initiative designed to eliminate working at height in our yards. It involved redesigning the stacking system used for the transport lorries to enable a fully mechanical loading process.

A relentless focus on safety includes specific targets for reducing lost time injury frequency (LTIF). Over the last five years the LTIF has reduced by an average of 20% per annum and in 2020 19 of the 29 H+H locations (including all three UK factories) recorded zero incidents.

Decent work

We aim to be an attractive employer and our culture of continuous improvement is designed to support every one of our staff to reach their full potential.  Apprenticeships, management training and supported further education all form part of our commitment to investing in our people and providing clear career progression pathways.

Reduced inequalities

The building materials industry is not known for being diverse and H+H addresses this by having a H+H diversity policy encouraging diversity at all levels of the organisation, without compromising on competence, qualification and quality.

At International Level, H+H has committed to improving gender diversity within the Board of Directors to a minimum of 25-45% of the under-represented gender by the AGM of 2023. In the UK the business reports transparently on its progress towards greater diversity in its workforce and monitors gender pay differentials each year.

Responsible manufacturing

The basis of our ethical operating approach is outlined in our Code of Conduct and our Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

Every employee is required to adhere to the Code of Conduct which sets out the company’s zero-tolerance approach to bribery, corruption and unlawful and anti-competitive arrangements. It also covers workplace health and safety, basic employment rights, equality, non-discrimination and respect for privacy.

Our Code of Conduct for Suppliers requires suppliers to comply with all relevant environmental legislation, protect internationally proclaimed human rights and sets minimum standards of ethical behaviour.

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