CR FAQs

Listed below are questions often asked by our shareholders

Corporate responsibility

Does Next have a code of ethics for its suppliers?

It is a key priority for Next to ensure we trade ethically, source responsibly and work to assure the safety and human rights of the workers within our product and services suppliers’ global operation.

The Next Code of Practice Principle Standards is our ethical trading programme and forms an integral part of our business. It was first developed and implemented in 1998. Next became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in 2002, and the Principle Standards is aligned to the ETI Base Code and reflects the most relevant international standards with respect to labour practices (International Labour Organisation Conventions).

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How does Next make sure its products are safe?

Our aim is to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations of Next as a company and the products we sell by ensuring our products are:

  • Excellent quality
  • Safe, functional and fit for their intended purpose
  • Sourced and produced responsibly
  • Free from harmful substances
  • Fully compliant with all legislation and our own standards and technical requirements where these go beyond legislation

Our team of specialist technologists work closely with our buyers, designers and global supply chain and are responsible for ensuring all products sold by Next are safe and comply with relevant UK and European legislation and guidelines relating to health and safety and the environment.

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How does Next recognise core labour standards?

The Next Code of Practice Principle Standards is aligned to the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and reflects the most relevant international standards with respect to labour practices (International Labour Organisation Conventions).

Next recognises its responsibility to respect human rights throughout its operations and we are committed to ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect by upholding all internationally recognised human rights principles encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Our approach is to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles) and to recognise and manage the risk of harm associated with unsatisfactory working conditions, discrimination, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced or bonded labour.

Where Next employees are based in countries with recognised concerns over human and labour rights as determined by the FTSE4Good Index, all employees are specifically required to comply with the Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Conventions.

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