Corporate Social Responsibility Code of Conduct
Internal procedures have been established to report grievances or suspected inappropriate behaviour to other individuals or organisations. Equally the company will treat dishonest actions and accusations seriously; this may result in disciplinary action in accordance with company rules and disciplinary procedures.
Hobbs recognises the importance of operating to high ethical principles and practices that require animals in our supply chain to be treated with care and respect.
Hobbs seeks to source materials of animal origin; leather, fur and hides from countries that have well-established and enforced legislation for animal welfare and trade principles applicable to capture, maintaining, breeding, raising, transportation, and slaughter of live animals.
All hides used in the production of Hobbs merchandise must be a bi-product of the food industry and suppliers are requested to produce and maintain evidence to illustrate this.
Hobbs takes its role as a responsible retailer very seriously. We do not use any down in our products.
Environmental Management & Sustainability
- We recycle at our Head Office, Distribution Centre and in our stores
- We design new stores with energy savings in mind, e.g. we use energy efficient lighting in all of our new stores.
- We avoid unnecessary travel on business by the use of email and telephone conferencing communications where possible.
- We encourage use of bicycles by offering our employees access to the HMRC scheme
- We record energy usage in our stores allowing us to address anomalies in usage.
Hobbs partners with Smart Works for 2014
We collaborate with Smart Works, a charity that helps over 1,200 women in the UK re-enter the workplace. Run by volunteers, the organisation is driven by a passion to empower modern women in their careers by providing them with invaluable interview advice and a capsule wardrobe.
Empowering women is at the heart of Hobbs, which commissioned the Working Women report last year. Backed by Hobbs, the report formed the basis of The Sunday Times Style campaign, Girls Get Ahead, which championed women at work.
- Continuing to manufacture in British factories
- Supporting The Campaign for Wool, which was initiated by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles
- Working with new British based design talent and fledgling British craftsmen
- Working with the Fashion Retail Academy, which includes a number of workplaces across the business
- Working with students at the Camberwell College of Arts, who designed illustrations to support the launch of our 30 year anniversary shoe collection
- Hobbs works with The Women of the Future, which is a platform for successful young women in Britain today.
- As a business we encourage our teams to support local charities and many of our stores hold money raising events.