We recognise that our people are key to the success of London Linen Group and we value the contribution of each and every one of our employees. We strive to create an inspiring working environment where everyone is engaged and motivated.
The employment policies of London Linen Group embody the principles of equal opportunity and are tailored to meet the needs of its different businesses and the locations in which they operate.
The Group’s employment policies and procedures are described in detail in its Staff Handbook, a copy of which is available to all employees. This Handbook takes account of relevant employment legislation and best practice. New policies, procedures and related training are developed and delivered as required.
Code of Ethics and Bribery
The Group has a written code on business ethics (the ‘Ethics Code’), which is reviewed regularly by the Board and sets out guidelines for all employees to enable the Group to meet the highest standards of conduct in business dealings, including those with overseas suppliers. On joining the Group, whether by way of acquisition or otherwise, all employees are made aware of these standards and procedures to ensure compliance is achieved.
Senior employees are required to sign an annual statement of compliance with the Ethics Code. A dedicated and confidential Whistleblowing hotline service is available to employees should anyone wish to report perceived improprieties. Arrangements are in place to ensure that any reports are followed up and the appropriate action taken.
The Group’s anti-bribery policy sets out how employees must act to ensure that our zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption is upheld.
Modern Slavery Act
Our business principles lay down the standards we set ourselves to ensure we operate lawfully, with integrity and with respect for others. As part of this, we are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We fully acknowledge our responsibility to respect human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and we are also committed to implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout our operations.
All new employees are subject to pre-employment checks to confirm their identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to their starting work within the Group. Information is provided to all employees on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to by virtue of their employment. We pay all directly employed labour at least the living or minimum wage, as relevant. Where recruitment agencies are used, we ensure they comply with all legal requirements. These procedures collectively help to address our on-going commitment to protect our employees’ human rights and the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, all Directors have been briefed on the subject and we provide training to relevant members of staff. Through this training, as well as through Group wide internal communications, all employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential or actual wrongdoing that they consider to be negligent, improper or illegal via a dedicated and confidential Whistleblowing hotline, which is available 24 hours a day.
We are committed to equal opportunities and the creation of an entirely non-discriminatory working environment. The aim of our diversity policy is to ensure that no job applicant, or employee, receives less favourable treatment because of, amongst other matters, gender, marital status, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or disability. All decisions are based on the merits of the individual concerned. The Group is dedicated to undertaking its business operations in a way which respects individual human rights, treats individuals with dignity and allows freedom of association.
Procedures are in operation to support the Group’s policy that disabled persons, whether registered or not, shall be considered for employment and subsequent training, career development and promotion on the basis of their aptitudes and abilities. Where members of staff become disabled every effort is made to ensure that they are retrained according to their abilities.
Health and Wellbeing
In order to meet employees’ needs for support both at work and at home the Group offers occupational health benefits across its businesses.
Each business takes responsibility for fostering employee engagement through appropriately structured communications, training and incentive arrangements. Employee views are sought by management and taken into consideration when making decisions that may affect the employees’ interests. A broader understanding of the Group and opportunities within it are made available to employees through a Group wide magazine.
The Group’s ongoing desire for employees to be able to share in the performance and success of the Group as a whole is afforded through an approved Sharesave Plan, which has now operated for over 20 years.