At the beginning of 2015 we relaunched our Company Safety Policy and safety objectives for 2015-2017. Our aim is to improve the safety and wellbeing of all our employees, through the introduction of simple building blocks which will
- Improve involvement in safety at all levels
- Improve the way we recognise hazards and reduce risk
- Help people to provide safe equipment, environment and premises
- Create a progressive safety culture
Health, Welfare and Wellbeing
During the year we have funded just under £1.3m on health and welfare provisions across the business, to provide help and support to our employees when they need it. The provisions include:
- Health insurance assessments
- Occupational health provision
- Professional counselling support
- Dedicated employee assistance programme in our Distribution division
At Head Office we run regular Wellbeing days in connection with the local primary care trust and other providers to offer guidance and support on a wide variety of matters such as cancer advice, stroke awareness, stop smoking support, employee health checks and nutrition advice.
Training and Development
Our integrated training teams ensure relevant and appropriate training and development is provided by supporting both job specific and individually tailored training.
In our Distribution division working with USDAW we run dedicated Life Long Learning centres in each of our main warehouse sites to support the continuous building of knowledge and skills. During the year 500 employees have completed courses in Maths, English, ICT, Skill Swaps and Creative Writing. We are opening additional centres during 2015.
Human Rights Development
NEXT is committed to upholding all basic human rights, as outlined by the United Nations. Respecting human rights is vital to us as an employer and responsible business partner. During 2014 we carried out an initial risk assessment of potential human rights impacts across our business. We looked at the activities of our own direct operations and those of our UK and overseas partners. We identified a number of areas such as labour rights in our supply chain (see Our Suppliers). Where NEXT employees are based in countries with recognised concerns over human and labour rights as determined by the FTSE4Good Index, employees are specifically required to comply with the Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions and receive regular training to ensure their understanding of these principles.