Championing Responsible Business with Axminster Tools

Passionate suppliers of woodworking tools and machinery, Axminster Tools have spent 50 years building our family business into the renowned organisation it is today. We do what we do to maintain a sustainable future for Axminster Tools, for the prosperity of our staff and the communities we support and engage with. We know that if we attract, retain and invest in the best people, we will deliver the best results for our customers and for the business. Axminster Tools are very proud to have gained the Good Business Charter accreditation. It showcases to our customers, suppliers and employees how serious we are about delivering and living good business behaviour. Likewise, it highlights our commitment to good ethical business practises in our approach to the environment, legal and financial compliance. Our employees will continue to enjoy good working conditions, with fairness, representation and diversity. Furthermore, we encourage shared responsibility towards supporting environmental initiatives and good working practises.

As part of the components that make the Good Business Charter we continue to be committed to championing inclusion, diversity and equality within the workplace. We have recently formed an ED&I Champion group who have received training by Equality and Diversity UK. Working alongside HR, this has enabled them to improve on the components set by the GBC.

As Living Wage employers we believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We also believe that all staff deserve to start each day with guaranteed hours and equal employment opportunities and benefits. We were recently accredited by Zero Hours Justice to further acknowledge our responsibilities and demonstrate our commitment to good working practises.

We continue to work towards our International Organisation for Standardisation (ISOs) and as part of the ISO14001 we have a document called “Environmental Aspects and Impacts”. This highlights all the aspects of the business and the impacts which they have environmentally. As part of this process we have an Environmental Committee made up of employees across the business which supports communication. We engage with staff to come up with ideas for improvement, highlight risks and incidents. We have recently signed up to The Planet Mark sustainability certification which recognises continuous improvement to support our ethos of making a difference.

We continue to interact and communicate with our Customers enabling us to succeed and excel in our services and offering. A similar process we work with our suppliers ensuring both them and us comply with the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the countries and locations in which they operate. They are expected to be familiar with the business practices of their own suppliers and subcontractors, and ensure they operate according to this code of conduct.

As we have mentioned before as a Company we want to maintain a sustainable future for Axminster Tools, for the prosperity of our staff and the communities we support and engage in especially in today’s climate where it has never been more important to play our part in society. By gaining our accreditation, is proof that we are doing just that!