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Company Policies

Price Western works hard to be a responsible and open member of the business and local communities.

With a large number of Public Sector contracts, we are often asked for our Company Policies on various subjects.

Please click the links below to read or download and print our policies.

Price Western Anti-Bribery Policy

download DownloadPrice Western Leather Company Limited is committed to operating as an ethical and responsible member of the business and local communities it serves. This includes the below undertakings and the relevant Anti-Bribery and Corruption laws described in, amongst other legislation, the Bribery Act 2010.

Bribery and Corruption
Price Western Leather Company Limited expressly prohibits both the offering or giving of any type of bribe as well as the acceptance or solicitation of any kind of payment or payment in kind. This applies to all our business partners, existing or potential, as well as our staff as individuals or as a body.

We believe there is a clear line between legal, responsible, ethical business practice and corrupt partnerships or gains based on bribery and illegal activities. We are clear that we will always remain a legally correct and ethically sound business partner, in terms of our suppliers, customers and staff.

Individual Responsibility
We require every individual member of Price Western Leather Company Limited to operate according to this policy, our Ethical Operating Policy and also to report any perceived infringement of this policy to his or her Line Manager promptly. We require our staff to act in a transparent, ethical and legal manner when acting at any level on behalf of Price Western Leather Company Limited.

Corporate Responsibility
We expect all our business partners to operate transparently and within their relevant legal framework. We will never offer, give, request nor accept any kind of bribe or inducement to act in a way inconsistent with our Ethical Operating Policy or our legal framework. We will report any illegal activities to the relevant authority.

Price Western Leather Company Limited will not offer any contributions of any kind to political parties either in the UK or in business partners’ locales. Price Western Leather Company Limited will not make any donations to charities or corporations that have as their purpose gaining commercial advantage.

Price Western Corporate Social Reponsibility Policy

download Download Price Western Leather (Price Western) recognises that it must bring together our company values and operations to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. Our stakeholders include customers, employees, regulators, investors, suppliers, the community and the environment.

We recognise that our responsibilities in terms of the social, economic and environmental effects of our operations to these stakeholders are key to the successful continuity of our business. We aim to demonstrate these responsibilities in both our day to day actions and within our corporate policies. We welcome feedback from all stakeholders. We regularly review all feedback received and, where possible, maintain open communications with all our partners to ensure that we fulfill the requirements outlined within this policy.

The Managing Director, working with the Senior Management Team, is responsible for the implementation of this policy and will make the necessary resources available to realise Price Western’s corporate responsibilities. The responsibility for our performance to this policy rests with each individual throughout the company.

Corporate Responsibility
We expect all our business partners to operate transparently and within their relevant legal framework. We will never offer, give, request nor accept any kind of bribe or inducement to act in a way inconsistent with our Ethical Operating Policy or our legal framework. We will report any illegal activities to the relevant authority.

Our focus:

Price Western will continue to work hard to improve its environmental performance through implementation of our ISO14001 processes and related polices.

Through effective partnerships with all our suppliers, we shall continue our initiatives on energy and raw material efficiency, staff education and the environmental impact of our operations on the community.

Price Western encourages dialogue with local communities for mutual benefit.

Price Western undertakes to register and resolve customer complaints in accordance with our published standards of service, backed up by our ISO 9001 accreditation and associated processes.

Price Western supports and encourages our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our region.

Price Western operates an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees.

Price Western offers its employees clear and fair terms of employment and provides adequate resources to continue their professional development.

Price Western provides safeguards to ensure that all employees and contracted staff are treated with respect and without sexual, physical or mental harassment.

PWL will work hard to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment, under the relevant legal framework, but also incorporating measures aimed to improve the well- being of our employees whilst under our duty of care.

PWL upholds the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with stakeholders.

Our contracts clearly set out the agreed terms, conditions and the basis of our relationship.

PWL will continue to operate in a way that safeguards against unfair business practices.

PWL encourages suppliers and contractors to adopt responsible business policies and practices for mutual benefit.

Working with our Local Community
Price Western undertakes to always act responsibly in both the way it conducts it’s business with partners and customers as well as behaving in a responsible manner towards our local community – as a whole and as individuals. We will continue to encourage our staff members to actively engage with local charities, youth groups and organisations.

When required, Price Western will always be as flexible as possible to allow staff members to participate in events and family occasions. As an organisation, we will continue to sponsor and support local events and organisations both with financial donations and direct help through participation. We will offer an ‘open- door’ policy to local organisations of all kinds to whom we will extend free access to our surplus materials and expertise.

As our company grows, we endeavour to do so alongside our community – our staff members all live in the area and have a wide range of interests and commitments. We value the opportunities to support our staff and our neighbours in both their professional and domestic lives.

Price Western Ethical Operating Policy

download DownloadThe Price Western Leather Company Ltd. (“PWL”) is committed to conducting its business according to the highest standards of honesty and fairness. This commitment to observing the highest ethical standards is designed not only to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations but also to earn and keep the continued trust of clients, personnel and business partners.

Overview & Guiding Principals
1) PWL will not conduct business where the business environment is such that operating in an ethical, legal way is not possible. This applies to relationships with customers, suppliers, contractors, government representatives and partners. No amount of profitability is more important than the reputation and
goodwill of PWL.
2) All employees must work together to maintain PWL’s reputation for integrity. All employees are expected to act in the best interest of PWL and to promote and protect the good name and reputation of PWL. The Policy provides a means to a better understanding of the principles and standards that must govern all of PWL’s business activities.
3) It always has been and continues to be the intent of PWL that its employees maintain the highest ethical
standards in their conduct of Company affairs. Ethical behaviour is not always easy to define. However, fairness, honesty, respect and trust are the principal characteristics of ethical behaviour. Unless the context otherwise requires, references to an “employee” within the Policy refers to any employee, director, officer or designated agent or representative of PWL (including a consultant, advisor or independent contractor) who acts on behalf of PWL. The essence of the Policy is that each employee will conduct PWL’s business with integrity, in compliance with applicable laws and in a manner that excludes considerations of personal advantage.
4) PWL has and always shall practice and promote care for the environment throughout each and every aspect of its operations. PWL holds ISO 14001 Environmental accreditation and operating guidelines and procedures recognised by this accreditation are the cornerstone of its Environmental Policy.

Compliance with Laws, Rules & Regulations
5) Obeying the law, both in letter and in spirit, is the foundation on which PWL’s ethical standards are built. All employees must respect and obey all local and national laws and the laws of any countries in which PWL does business. Employees are expected to know and adhere to the laws applicable to the scope of their employment and thus should seek advice from managers or other appropriate personnel if they have questions about such laws.
6) PWL supports the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in relation to employment, freedom of association, safe and hygienic working conditions, child labour, wages, working hours, discrimination and inhumane treatment.
7) PWL also supports the broader rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Corporate Communications
8) PWL is committed to conducting business in an open and honest manner. All communications, whether internal or external, should be accurate, complete and forthright. These communications may include, but are not limited to, general internal reports, media releases, marketing and sales brochures, regular company reports, government filings and illustrations.
9) PWL will provide accurate information when promoting its products and services. False or misleading claims concerning PWL’s products and services or those of PWL’s competitors are unacceptable. These same principles must be adhered to when responding to enquiries from customers, fellow employees, the media, governmental regulatory agencies and shareholders. Responses to such inquiries must be made in accordance with PWL’s policies and procedures.

Accounting Standards & Communication
10) All accounts and records shall be documented in a manner that:

i) Clearly describes and identifies the true nature of business transactions, assets, liability or equity; and properly and timely classifies and records entries on the books of account in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
ii) No record, entry or document shall be false, distorted, misleading, misdirected, deliberately incomplete or suppressed.
iii) PWL has established internal control standards and procedures to ensure that assets are protected and properly used, and that financial records and reports are accurate and reliable. Employees share the responsibility for maintaining and complying with required internal controls.

Employment Practices
11) Employees constitute PWL’s most indispensable asset. PWL recognizes that the inherent value of this asset is reflected in the ability, integrity, knowledge and talent of its employees. To recruit and retain employees that reflect these values, PWL’s guiding principle will be to:

i) Aspire to provide an environment where employees will adhere to the Policy and conduct themselves with fairness, honesty, integrity and professionalism in the performance of their duties and all of their business relationships, treating each other with respect and professionalism;
ii) Aspire to provide equal opportunity for all in recruiting, hiring, developing, promoting and compensating without regard to age, colour, non-disqualifying disability, gender, national origin, race, marital status, veteran status, religion or any other basis that is protected under applicable law; and foster a professional, safe and discrimination-free work environment, where mutual respect is the absolute minimum of behaviour expected from everyone.

12) It is the Company’s policy to hire, evaluate and promote employees on the basis of their ability, achievements, experience and performance.

13) Ethnic, racial, religious, sexual or any other type of unlawful harassment is unacceptable. Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual behaviour, either physical or verbal in nature, that interferes with and obstructs performance in the workplace violates PWL policy and may constitute harassment, which is against the law. In order to provide an environment that is conducive to productivity and personal growth, PWL
prohibits illegal workplace harassment of any kind, whether the harasser or the victim is a co-worker, supervisor, agent, customer, guest or supplier. PWL’s policy also prohibits retaliation against anyone who has made a harassment complaint.

14) The laws affecting employment practices are complex and constantly evolving. It is critical that each supervisor maintain awareness of current legal developments and PWL’s employment policies by seeking appropriate advice of those within PWL who are responsible.

15) All suppliers are required to comply with this policy as a minimum standard. In addition they must comply with all national and international laws, regulations and standards applicable in their country of business. Suppliers will also ensure that, as far a reasonably practicable, their suppliers will , in turn, comply with this policy. Any supplier whose behaviour is found to be demonstrably at odds with this policy will be de-listed.

Price Western Environmental Policy

download DownloadPrice Western Leather Co. Ltd. has systematically reviewed the context in which we operate and evaluated our actual and potential environmental aspects and impacts which might directly or indirectly result from its use of raw materials, processes, products and wastes. In this evaluation particular note was taken of customer concerns over global warming, ozone depletion, resource utilization, life cycle issues, compliance to legislation and the potential for pollution.

It was found that the activities of Price Western Leather have relatively small environmental impacts but these are addressed by the implementation of our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and the following Environmental Policy aims.

We shall:

  • Meet or, where practical, exceed all legislative, regulatory and other requirements appropriate to our business.
  • Regularly review the environmental risks and opportunities identified and use this information to continually improve the Company’s environmental performance by setting meaningful objectives and targets.
  • Promote optimum and efficient use of raw materials and energy to improve resource utilisation and reduce waste.
  • Work towards the prevention, reduction and eventual elimination of any actual or potential pollution arising from our activities with particular focus on Volatile Organic Compounds used in our inks and adhesives.
  • Raise the awareness and understanding of all staff about the Company’s Environmental Policy and maintain awareness of environmental issues and related matters.
  • Provide the interested parties with relevant and appropriate information and establish open and on- going dialogue with persons having a bona fide interest in the Company’s activities.
  • Ensure these aims are achieved by the use of appropriate procedures and management systems that will be systematically monitored, audited, reviewed and improved.

The Registration puts Price Western at the forefront of the industry and assures its customers that they can choose a partner who produces goods of the highest quality using the most efficient processes in terms of cost and environmental impact.

With our Environmental Policy and continually reviewed working practices, we aim to stay ahead of forthcoming legislation and work with our staff, suppliers and customers to remain a responsible member of the community.

Contact:  Lynne Terrell
Title:  Environmental Management Representative

Price Western Hospitality Policy

download DownloadThe aim of the Price Western Leather Company Ltd. Hospitality policy is to guard against the risk of allegations of impropriety and potential conflicts of interest between Price Western Leather Company Ltd (PWL) and both its suppliers and customers.

Offering Hospitality

  1. PWL insists that staff should never offer any hospitality to representatives of any Public Sector
    organisation. PWL insists that all business contact and related activities be conducted with the utmost
    integrity, openness and professionalism at all times.
  2. It may be permissible to provide hospitality in the form of refreshments or working lunches for meetings
    with Private Sector organisations. However it should be noted that alcohol should never be provided as
    part of a working lunch. Permissible hospitality should be:

    • not lavish in nature;
    • not a frequent occurrence; and
    • there is no suspicion of a conflict of interest.

Accepting Hospitality

  1. PWL requires staff to ensure that any hospitality offered to them by representatives of a Public Sector
    organisation could not be construed in anyway to be improper or to risk any conflict of interest, either
    at the time of offer or in the future. If there is any doubt about the possible outcomes, the hospitality
    should be refused.
  2. Members and staff should not encourage business contacts to provide hospitality to them, or indirectly
    to other colleagues, friends or relatives.
  3. Offers of hospitality should be reported to the Managing Director. Some examples of hospitality which
    should be refused are payments for lunch or dinner, and tickets to sporting or leisure events.
  4. In the following circumstances, it may be considered appropriate to accept a working lunch, dinner or
    attendance at an annual stakeholder event, where it is:

    • not lavish in nature;
    • not a frequent occurrence; and
    • there is no suspicion of a conflict of interest.
  5. Such hospitality must be reported to the Managing Director
Price Western Quality Policy

download DownloadPrice Western Leather Company Limited (PWL) supplies leather and synthetic uniform accessories to a global market of professional security, medical and military personnel. For over 30 years, the PWL name has been associated with the highest quality goods, excellent value for money and world class customer service.

We intend to continue the growth of our market presence through a combination of customer service,
product effectiveness and innovation of both products and our internal working practices.

In more specific terms, we have set ourselves the following key quality aims:

  • Understand the needs of our customers by giving open and friendly interaction with our customer and
    provide fresh ideas to address their problems.
  • Commit to continue our work practices under the guidance of the ISO 9001 quality management system.
  • Meet the requirements of our customers with pro-active ground breaking design solutions.
  • Combine the values of traditional craftsmanship with the efficiencies obtained from Lean Manufacturing
    methods to provide excellence in all we do.
  • Encourage each individual in the organisation to meet his or her full potential through a structured training
  • Work towards continuous improvements by setting ourselves objectives to be met within structured action

Monitoring Performance
Our ISO 9001 management system reinforces this so as to ensure that we provide our clients with the
excellences they demand and we aim to achieve. As a responsible member of the community, our ISO
14001 certification and practices help us focus on efficient use of raw materials throughout the production
process as well as responsible waste management programmes in other areas of the business.

You can download a copy of our Quality Policy by clicking here.

Contact:  Gary Parsons
Title:  Quality Management Representative

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