Ethical purchasing is a priority for the Group, and we seek always to take social, environmental and economic factors into account when deciding what, where and how to buy. Our procurement team is highly skilled at achieving best value while positively discriminating in favour of suppliers with policies that complement our beliefs.

Whenever we can, we use our procurement activities to have a positive influence on communities by enabling local businesses to grow. An example of this is our Warmworks joint venture, which manages the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes (HEEPs).

This includes fair payment terms and free or subsidised training for suppliers, helping to ensure that local businesses can access our supply chain and encouraging innovation among our suppliers. Every year, we provide training to around 700 of our suppliers’ employees.

We help to train over 700 people from our supply chain every year.