Our people

Our Approach

To encourage a successful business it is important we are able to create an environment that enables us to attract, inspire and retain the right people to work at every level throughout NEXT who are committed to working together, and who support our business approach of honesty, respect and encouragement.

Working at NEXT means working in an inspiring, fast-paced, exciting and developing environment where our people are a valuable asset to the business. We are committed to providing a working environment in which our employees can develop to achieve their full potential and have opportunities for both professional and personal development.

Our priorities are to work to provide an environment where our employees are:

  • Supported and respected
  • Treated fairly and taken care of
  • Listened to
  • Motivated to achieve their full potential

NEXT have established policies for recruitment, training and the development of our employees. We remain committed to investing the time and resource to support, engage and motivate our employees to feel valued, to be able to develop rewarding careers and want to stay with us, we recruit and promote from within wherever possible. As our business continues to develop, we understand that by retaining effective and committed employees we can continue to deliver excellent quality products and excellent service to our customers.

NEXT is committed to upholding all basic human rights as outlined in the United Nations’ Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights. 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, looking at our own operations as well as those of our UK and overseas partners. We have identified a number of potential key impact areas such as labour rights in our supply chain, which is managed through the NEXT COP programme, as well as our employees and business partners. 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 Core Conventions and receive annual training to ensure their understanding of these principles. In 2015 we will be using the findings from our initial assessment to engage specific business functions as well as some external partners to prioritise our broader human rights activity.

Our Challenges and Targets

  • To continue to train and develop our people to achieve their full potential
  • To work within the business to deliver our Corporate Safety Objectives Programme 2015 -2017
  • To develop and prioritise our approach to human rights further

The full section Our People is available here.

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