Home Group is committed to offering its customers and clients improved quality, better value and increased choice through sound ethical procurement practices.

The procurement team has a commitment to the code of ethics upheld by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and seeks to achieve widespread acceptance of it amongst colleagues in Home Group.   

 

 

The team will raise any matter of concern of an ethical nature, irrespective of whether it is explicitly addressed in the code.

 

 

Each member of the procurement team has a commitment to:

 

 

Enhance and protect the standing of the profession, by:

 

•    never engaging in conduct, either professional or personal, which would bring the profession or the CIPS into disrepute

 

•    not accepting inducements or gifts (other than any declared gifts of nominal value which have been sanctioned by their employer)

 

•    not allowing offers of hospitality or those with vested interests to influence, or be perceived to influence, any business decision

 

•    being aware that behaviour outside of their professional life may have an effect on how they are perceived as a professional.

 

 

Maintain the highest standard of integrity in all business relationships, by:

 

•    rejecting any business practice which might reasonably be deemed improper

 

•    never using their authority or position for their own financial gain

 

•    declaring to their line manager any personal interest that might affect, or be seen by others to affect, their impartiality in decision making

 

•    ensuring that the information they give in the course of their work is accurate and not misleading

 

•    never breaching the confidentiality of information they receive in a professional capacity

 

•    striving for genuine, fair and transparent competition

 

•    being truthful about their skills, experience and qualifications.

 

 

Promote the eradication of unethical business practices, by:

 

•    fostering awareness of human rights, fraud and corruption issues in all their business relationships

 

•    responsibly managing any business relationships where unethical practices may come to light, and taking appropriate action to report and remedy them

 

•    undertaking due diligence on appropriate supplier relationships in relation to forced labour (modern slavery) and other human rights abuses, fraud and corruption

 

•    continually developing their knowledge of forced labour (modern slavery), human rights, fraud and corruption issues, and applying this in their professional life

 

 

Enhance the proficiency and stature of the profession, by:

 

•    continually developing and applying knowledge to increase their personal skills and those of Home Group

 

•    fostering the highest standards of professional competence amongst those for whom they are responsible

 

•    optimising the responsible use of resources which they have influence over for the benefit of Home Group

 

 

Ensure full compliance with laws and regulations, by:

 

•    adhering to the laws of countries in which Home Group operates

 

•    fulfilling agreed contractual obligations

 

•    following CIPS guidance on professional practice

 

 

Key principles

 

 

In addition, the procurement team will:

 

•    strive to add value to the lives of Home Group’s customers & clients by putting them at the heart of everything we do and adhere to Home Group’s procurement governance at all times

 

•    continually endorse, embody and explain the fundamental and good practice of procurement and category management

 

•    continually promote and implement improved methods of procurement and category management

 

•    evaluate, select and apply the most appropriate procurement methods and strategies to deliver best value for money

 

•    stimulate the market to develop capability to provide goods and services required by Home Group

 

•    be open, encourage participation and communication, and be transparent in all that we do

 

 

We shall always seek to uphold and enhance the standing of procurement and always act professionally and selflessly by:

 

 

•    maintaining Home Group’s commitment to equality & diversity

 

•    maintaining the highest possible standard of fairness and integrity in all business relationships, both inside and outside of Home Group

 

•    rejecting any business practice which might reasonably be deemed improper and never use authority for personal gain

 

•    enhancing the proficiency and stature of the procurement profession by acquiring and maintaining current technical knowledge and the highest standards of ethical behaviour

 

•    fostering the highest possible standards of professional competence amongst those for whom we are responsible

 

•    optimising the use of resources which we are responsible or influence to provide the maximum benefit to Home Group

 

•    complying both with the letter and the spirit of:

 

-    the European Union Procurement Directives.

 

-    the law of the country

 

-    Home Group’s Procurement governance

 

-    professional guidance on procurement practice

 

-    contractual obligations

 

-    CIPS professional Guidance

 

 

The procurement team expects all suppliers to not compromise the ethical principles of Home Group through their conduct.

 

 

The procurement team shall never allow itself to be deflected from these principles.