Corporate Social Responsibility

Purpose & Values

Dodson & Horrell is committed to being a responsible company, ensuring that our operations are environmentally and socially sustainable for the long-term. This means not only taking into account the needs of our customers and shareholders but also those of our employees, the farming industry who supply our raw materials and our neighbours in the wider community. We believe our commercial success cannot be achieved at the expense of the communities and environments in which we operate.

Maintaining this balance can present complex and difficult challenges. However, by working with others we seek to achieve solutions and improvements every year. This is important to us because we care about our stake-holders and believe in maintaining good relations with them.

Ethical Practices

Competition – we are committed to free and fair competition and whilst competing strongly will do so honestly by complying with all local competition laws.

Confidentiality and accuracy of information – the confidentiality of information received in the course of business will be respected and never used for personal gain. False information will not be given in the course of commercial negotiations.

Health & Safety

It is the policy of the company to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, plant equipment and systems of work for all our employees and to provide such information, training and supervision,as they need for this purpose.

The company recognize the importance of safety, health and welfare in the successful operation of its activities and believes in the active participation and cooperation of its employees and subcontractors, in order to achieve and maintain the highest possible standards.

The activities of the company will be conducted in accordance with relevant statutory requirements; appropriate safeguards being implemented to prevent exposing employees and the general public to risks to their health and safety. The Managing Directors, the Board of Directors and line management will actively pursue this policy. The requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Factories Act 1961, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and all subordinate legislation and Codes of practice, shall be regarded as the minimum standard of safety, health and welfare to be accepted.

The company recognizes the need to consult with its workforce on health and safety matters in order to achieve policies, which are both safe and acceptable when put into practice. It welcomes suggestions from its employees, which serve to improve and promote these aims. Such suggestions may at any time be brought to the attention of line and senior management.

Whilst overall responsibility for health and safety matters must rest at the highest management level within the company, employees should recognize that they too have duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. These duties include the taking of reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions and also to cooperate with the company in its arrangements to comply with statutory safety obligations.

This policy will be kept up to date. To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated will be reviewed on an annual basis. Any revision will be brought to the attention of those affected by the changes.

Employment Practices

Equal opportunities – we are committed to offering equal opportunities to all people in their recruitment, training and career development, having particular regard for their particular aptitudes and abilities. Full and fair consideration is given to applicants with disabilities and every effort is made to give employees who become disabled whilst employed by the company an opportunity for retraining.

Harassment – we will not tolerate sexual, mental or physical harassment in the workplace. We expect incidents of harassment to be reported to the appropriate line manager.

We remunerate fairly with respect to skills and performance, our peers and local conditions.

Communication – we will brief employees on all relevant matters on a regular basis.

Further Information

For further information, please contact us.