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Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report


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Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s.

This latest UNGC Communication on Progress Report includes:

  • CEO statement of support for the United Nations Global Compact.
  • Living Wage Employers Accreditation.
  • Fair Tax Mark accreditation; the latest FTSE250 business to be awarded the mark, and the first company in the sector.
  • Best companies employee survey results.
  • Marshalls ‘Superbrand’ status which provides insights into business strategy and brand success.
  • New product innovation update and Marshalls new ‘Stone Standard’.
  • Focus on modern slavery and transparency in the supply chain.
  • Details of Marshalls’ human rights programme; including research statistics on child labour in the Indian sandstone industry. 

"There is a cast iron business case for our business and human rights programme.  Whilst it clearly takes into account risk mitigation and legislative compliance, it is much more to do with further driving and embedding sustainability specifically regarding human rights, working effectively and creatively within the UN system, selectively extending our areas of influence and ultimately creating competitive advantage for our business.”  Marshalls' CEO, Martyn Coffey
UNGC Signatory Since 2009
As the world’s largest global sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact is concerned with demonstrating and building the social legitimacy of business and markets.  Marshalls plc became a signatory of the UNGC in January 2009 and a member of the Global Compact UK Network later the same year.  This is the Marshalls’ seventh ‘Communication on Progress Report’ and outlines how Marshalls is aligned with the ten principles and how, throughout 2016, the plc intends to develop its activities in support of the framework laid out the UNGC.  Each of the UNGC pillars, of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption has targets attributed for the previous and coming year, together with achievement indicators charting progress.  All previous COP reports can be found at
Human Rights

  • Marshalls’ Human Rights Policy.
  • Marshalls’ Children’s Rights Policy.
  • Engagement with the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Children’s Rights & Business Principles top 10 priorities.
  • Women’s Empowerment Principles.
  • Modern Slavery Awareness Programme.
  • Ongoing implementation of the ETI’s Base Code.
  • 81,207 health camp beneficiaries in Rajasthan.
  • Child protection programmes in quarrying regions.
  • Living Wage Employer accreditation in the UK.
  • Living wage benchmarking in the supply chain.
  • Social auditing programme. 
  • First in sector to be awarded BRE Global BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate.
  • CEO Water Mandate.
  • Environmental Policy Statement.
  • Energy & Climate Change Policy Statement.
  • Carbon Trust Standard.
  • Environment targets. 


  • Anti-Bribery Code
  • Anti-Corruption Targets

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