We continue to develop our CSR practices to support our employees, our customers and the environment.

Ever since our humble beginnings as a horticultural contractor in Cumbria we have considered ourselves a part of the community in which we operate. Even as we have grown into the multi-national, multi-million-pound plc we are today, we have never lost our small-business ethos. Indeed, our expansion into more communities means more communities for us to be a part of!

Nothing is more important to us than taking care of our people and the environment we live in. We conduct ourselves honestly and in a manner that benefits everyone; supporting our staff, helping those in need, making a commitment to our Armed Forces and leaving as little a carbon footprint as possible.

We are committed to running our business in a responsible way

Ethical behaviours

We ensure our policies and processes provide clear guidance to all employees. We have a Code of Business Conduct which explains our ethical standards as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act. We also have a whistleblowing policy, providing guidance to all employees so that they know that they can raise a concern about any possible wrongdoing on an anonymous basis.

We are committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within any part of our business and supply chain and continue to focus on improving the effectiveness of our systems and controls in this area

Health, safety and wellbeing

Eddie Stobart has a strong culture of promoting health and safety standards throughout our business and we are continually seeking ways to improve. We monitor and report internally to members of the Executive Management Committee and the Board, our accident frequency rates and types of injuries sustained using a dedicated Health and Safety IT management system. This helps us to benchmark the health and safety performance of specific sites and sector groups and take targeted actions to introduce safety improvement initiatives.

Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, those who work with us and those who are affected by our business operations is a responsibility we take very seriously. We know that fitter, healthier employees are not only happier and more productive, but also suffer fewer work related incidents. Through our briefing pack for our managers and other initiatives, we are raising awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing for all our employees.

Environment

We recognise the importance of environmental protection and continue to work with partners such as the FTA Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, the Environmental Forum and Wholesale Power to implement initiatives to save fuel and energy where we can.

The engines on all our fleet are the cleanest available, meeting Euro 6 emission standards. We will continue to investigate new technologies to further improve our environmental standards.

By investing in planning technology and improving fleet utilisation, we reduce empty vehicle miles, minimising the overall impact on the environment.

We measure and monitor our operational carbon footprint in order to assess our environmental impact and are pleased that our scope one* and scope two** emissions have reduced in 2017 (based on calculations in line with DEFRA guidelines). We will continue to work on ways to further reduce our carbon footprint.

* Scope one (direct) GHG emissions are derived from the consumption of gas, oil and vehicle fuel.
** Scope two (electricity direct) GHG emissions are derived from the consumption of purchased electricity.

Armed Forces Covenant

Eddie Stobart is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant. We have been working hard to recruit service leavers and actively encourage and support employees who wish to join the Reserves. Eddie Stobart has also gone the extra mile, allowing employees to give their full commitment. They get an extra two-weeks paid leave on top of their normal holiday allowance to attend an annual camp.

We are actively working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), supported by the Ministry of Defence, who have assisted over 180,000 service leavers with career moves into the civilian world, to provide a range of resettlement opportunities for those leaving the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. We were extremely proud to be awarded our silver status in 2017 for:

  • Demonstrating support for service personnel issues and employing members of the Armed Forces community
  • Actively communicating a positive stance to our employees through our HR policies and procedures
  • Showing flexibility towards annual training and mobilisation commitments of Reservist employees

Becoming the 100th Northern Powerhouse partner

We are pleased to have become the 100th Northern Powerhouse partner, supporting their campaign to boost the regional economy through investment in skills, innovation, transport and culture.

As one of the country’s most high profile brands playing a key supporting role for UK plcs, we’re extremely proud of our northern roots and honoured to be supporting diverse business growth right across the North.

We have worked hard to redefine standards in logistics and lay foundations for tomorrow’s supply chain needs through our training programme.

Our corporate charity

Eddie Stobart is proud to support ‘When you wish upon a Star’, a charity set up over 25 years ago with the mission of granting the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.

‘When you wish upon a Star’ transforms the lives of children and their families, giving them something to look forward to through times of uncertainty.

Eddie Stobart employees get directly involved in events to raise money to organise treats and special events for sick children and their families. Since 2016, thanks to our employees’ enthusiastic and innovative fundraising we have been able to raise over £369,000 to grant wishes for children.

More information about the work of this charity is available at:
www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk

Contact

Contact

For all corporate and social responsibilities enquiries please contact enquiries@eddiestobart.com or call +44 (0)1925 605400