Warings Furniture recognises it's responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Regulations to ensure, as far as is reasonably practical, the health and safety and welfare of its employees and members of the public. We attach a great deal of importance to health and safety, considering this to be a management responsibility ranking equally with other management functions within the business.
It is the policy of Warings Furniture to take all reasonably practical precautions for the prevention of accidents and dangerous occurrences and for the creation of working conditions that safeguard employees. To this end, Warings Furniture will allocate the necessary resources and enlist the active support of all employees upon whom duties are also imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Acts.
We consider the standards set by the various relevant statutory provisions as the minimum standards which must be achieved and will endeavour to improve upon these standards where reasonably practical. The organisation, arrangements and safety rules which form part of our official policy are regularly reviewed, modified and improved.
A recent inspection from the HM Principal Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive considered our procedures to be of a high standard and, in their opinion, "within the top 25% of companies they visit".
Warings Furniture and the managing team that runs the business have always held themselves to the highest moral and ethical codes of practice, and way before the Anti-Bribery Act of 2010 came into being were ensuring that no bribery took place either in securing or placing business with other companies. This has been the case since we were established in 1986. We have always considered offering or accepting any form of financial reward to an individual repugnant. Mitigation of Risk of Bribery: The personnel that could be at risk of bribery activity within the business are identified as working within the sales and procurement departments. The administrative systems in place at Warings Furniture, such as Director level double signing of all purchase orders, as well as the transparency of our open-plan offices, are sufficient to give us confidence that any such practice is avoided. The daily involvement of the owners and Directors of the business in every department further avoids any such risk.
Gifting and Acceptance of Hospitality Policy
On occasion – usually towards Christmas – suppliers and/or clients choose to send Warings Furniture or an individual within Warings Furniture a small gift by way of recognition of our partnership and hard work throughout the year. Waring Furniture has had a longstanding (in excess of 15 years) policy that ALL gifts received are passed through to HR, who in turn store the gift and label with the name of the gifter in preparation for our final day of work prior to our Christmas shutdown. On that day, each gift has a Raffle Ticket attached, and all staff pull a raffle ticket and gifts are randomly won by staff throughout the firm. This is the system we use to create a fair environment for all and a sense of teamwork with equal opportunity for all levels of personnel; new, old, senior, junior, full-time and part-time. Hospitality is rarely offered these days, but if it is, it is only ever accepted with Director level authorisation.
Conflicts of Interest Avoidance
All personnel at Warings Furniture are encouraged to declare any conflict of interest that may occur as a result of any activity they carry out at work. This is dependent upon the honesty of our team, but also knowing how small a niche market we work within, a highly risky activity to attempt to hide. This fact is reminded to all when we annually Memo staff our Policy as set out here along with a copy of the Bribery Act 2010.