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Corporate Social Responsibility

Bargain Booze Ltd believes in conducting business in a manner which achieves sustainable growth whilst demonstrating a high degree of social responsibility.

We believe that this approach creates a source of competitive advantage for our business.

Demonstrating our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a journey, in the course of which we aim to align our business values, purpose and strategy with the social and economic needs of all our stakeholders, whilst embedding responsible and ethical business policies and practices into everything we do.

By working together with all our stakeholders and embracing CSR, Bargain Booze Ltd opens doors to new markets, opportunities and relationships, increasing competitiveness and profitability and demonstrating our continued commitment to sustainable development and growth.

Bargain Booze Ltd is committed to the following CSR principles:

  • The environment
  • Health & safety
  • Workplace
  • Our community
  • Ethics
  • Governance
  • Diversity
  • Partnerships

These include our approach to recycling and efficient logistics to reduce our impact on the environment, our charitable support, and our commitment to the people we work with and our customers.

You can read more about our work in these areas below.

Environment

  • Bargain Booze Ltd regards compliance with relevant environmental legislation and regulations, and the adoption of responsible standards where no legislation exists, as an integral part of its business strategy and is committed to considering the environmental impacts associated with its warehouse and transport services. Over the last few years we have almost completely moved away from landfill, and into recycling and recovery, which is contributing to a more environmental world. We are responsible for recycling in excess of 2,300 tons of paper products, 7,000 tons of glass, 700 tons of aluminium, 20 tons of steel, and 530 tons of plastic each year. We are also responsible for reducing our landfill in excess of 15,000 cubic yards each year.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd is committed to monitoring its environmental performance in line with the Environmental Agency. Environmental aspects are identified at business wide level and corresponding objectives and targets are set to reduce the significance of impacts in those areas. These will be reviewed on at least an annual basis to ensure continual improvement. We are gradually reducing our use of paper and hope to be a ‘paper free’ business in the not too distant future. We are also recycling print toner cartridges and anything else we feel will help with our overall goals, and are investigating the use of environmental lighting throughout the business.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd will continue to raise environmental awareness within the Company through the development and training of its employees and will communicate openly and consult with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders on relevant environmental matters.

Health & Safety

  • Bargain Booze Ltd is committed to the safety and the well being of all its staff, customers and stakeholders within the community who may be affected by our activities. In order for us to maintain this commitment, health and safety requirements are implemented, promoted, communicated and managed throughout the organisation in the same way as all other aspects of our business.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd is committed to, and fully believes that, health and safety is an integral function of its management team and that all managers are accountable for the health and safety performance of their areas of responsibility. To ensure the effective implementation and the subsequent monitoring of this key business aspect, it is necessary to define the duties and accountabilities of all persons responsible for health and safety.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd believes that all incidents are preventable and that all risks can be safeguarded. All incidents demand prompt investigation and timely remedial actions when and where appropriate. All employees have responsibilities for health and safety and therefore will be provided with appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision to enable them to work safely and efficiently at all times within our operations and at our head office.
  • That Company safety standards are established and maintained company-wide and must therefore be complied with by all sections of the business and that specialist health and safety advice will always be available when and where required.

Workplace

  • Bargain Booze Ltd recognises that people in the workplace are our greatest asset. Policies are therefore directed at creating an environment that will attract, develop, motivate and reward employees of high calibre, taking into account the specific requirements of the business.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd operates an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees. We offer our employees clear and fair terms of employment and provide resources to enable their continual development. We maintain a clear and fair employee remuneration policy and shall maintain forums for employee consultation and business involvement
  • Bargain Booze Ltd provides safeguards to ensure that all our employees are treated with respect and without harassment. We provide, and continually strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd operates an accredited apprenticeship scheme, to aid the future career paths of local young people. The 2-year course will ensure skills for life and be City and Guilds approved, where students will gain all and any appropriate licenses to further their personal progression.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd have a large national transport presence, where major investment has been made in satellite tracking for driver safety, routing and vehicle scheduling software to ensure optimum miles are covered with no excess.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd delivery vehicles are Euro 5 compliant which is above the European agreed standard, to ensure emissions are at a minimum. Our vehicles are also best in class for fuel economy and are reducing fuel consumption in excess of 24,000 litres of fuel per year. In a recent survey carried out by the Department for Transport our fleet was viewed as having better use of vehicle height, area and weights, resulting in no empty running, less time on the road, less time stationary or idling, and best in class for fuel efficiency.

Our Community

  • Bargain Booze Ltd is working in partnership with the local council to provide employment prospects for those less fortunate, under the ‘Work Choice’ scheme.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd is a key participant and contributor to the national ‘Drink Aware’ scheme, & ‘Challenge 25’ scheme. We are also a partner and contributor to the ‘Trussell Trust’ which operate food banks around the country, for those less fortunate. We also recognise the inherent problems that alcohol misuse can have on the children of parents who are addicted to alcohol, therefore we are also a partner and contributor to The National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and a supporter of the Cheshire Community Foundation.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd values its employees, whose ambitions allow the company and its diverse workforce to meet the challenge of growth, so that all of our employees can realise their full creative potential.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd supports Work Choice, which aims to support adults with learning difficulties, disabilities or vulnerabilities which may hinder their opportunities of gaining employment. This scheme works with local businesses which have the framework in place to provide additional support which is necessary to help their clients lead a normal working life. Additional support is provided to those that need it and reasonable work place adaptations are made to ensure the viability of the individual’s long term career.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd is a franchised business, where franchisees work within their local community, employing local people to serve their own particular community.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd has a “Challenge 25” policy which is promoted within stores and any refusal sales logged accordingly. Bargain Booze Ltd runs a £200 Reward Scheme, which offers a reward to anyone who gives information regarding adults purchasing alcohol for those who are under-age. Bargain Booze Ltd holds a training course for franchisees and staff to complete NCPLH certification at their Head Office supporting franchisees to be responsible retailers in their businesses.
  • We regard trust between management and employees as increasingly important. Within our local community we want our people to work in an environment where their contributions are valued and where they can achieve their full potential. We ask all of our employees to tell us what they think of their work organisation and quality, management effectiveness, learning and development, performance and reward, including job satisfaction. We listen to their feedback and make improvements where appropriate.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd actively promotes the recruitment of local people from the community. We strive to recruit, train and develop people from the local community from all backgrounds. We also aim, wherever possible, to use local suppliers and tradesman to satisfy outsourced business requirements.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd is committed to being an active player in the transport, warehousing and retail sectors. We consider ourselves a credible, open, ethical and conscientious company and we wish to be seen as such by both our internal and external stakeholders. Customers and clients, investors in our business, the general public and the local community, suppliers and subcontractors, regulatory authorities, external certification bodies we regard as stakeholders.

Ethics

  • Bargain Booze Ltd employees must conduct the activities for which they are responsible within the scope of their authority and in such a way as to promote and maintain the Company’s reputation and the trust and confidence of those with whom we deal. Compliance in a proper and timely manner with contractual obligations to customers, suppliers and other third parties with whom we have dealings; maintenance of confidentiality and non-disclosure of information; not using confidential information for personal gain; not allowing any conflict of interest.
  • All employees shall comply with all legislation forbidding bribery and other corrupt practices, and even where their conduct would not breach such legislation, they do not offer or provide to any public official, customer, intended customer, contractor or fellow employee any gift or form of entertainment which might reasonably be considered excessive. Employees shall not solicit or accept any gift, payment, fee or privilege from any person, company or other organisation which has, or intends or seeks to have, a business relationship with Bargain Booze Ltd.

Governance

  • Bargain Booze Ltd believes that the concurrent pursuit of efficient management and the proper control of business risks are essential to achieving sustainable improvement in our business values.
  • These controls are applied throughout the business and the purpose of this governance addresses the following;
  • That appropriate management and reporting systems are established to ensure that the Directors, and Senior Management, are appropriately advised of the activities of the business and thereby able to govern the company with complete information.
  • That appropriate and proper internal control is implemented throughout the business to safeguard the Company’s assets.

Diversity

  • Bargain Booze Ltd will provide employment equality to all, irrespective of gender, marital or family status; religion or belief; disability; race or ethnic origin; sexual orientation; age; nationality and hours or pattern of work. We operate these policies because we are committed to equality of opportunity and dignity at work for all.
  • Bargain Booze Ltd maintain an inclusive working environment in which differences are acknowledged, accepted, valued and utilised for the benefit of all. Therefore we set a high value on an individual’s contributions and recognise that everyone should be valued as an individual, in their own right according to our Bargain Booze Diversity Policy.
  • Bargain Booze supports the recruitment of individuals from all sections of society including those who traditionally have had difficulty to find employment.
  • At Bargain Booze Ltd we recognise the importance of a balance between our employees’ contribution to the Company and their life outside of work. To support our employees in achieving a work life balance we ensure that working hours are maintained at a reasonable level and hours worked over the contracted hours are not excessive.