governance and ethics

Uphold the highest corporate governance and ethical standards
Continue to achieve 100% compliance with the code of conduct and competition compliance programme.

"There is never a good business reason to do the wrong thing."

Albert Manifold,
Chief Executive Officer, CRH plc

We are committed to ensuring that a culture of strong governance, ethics and integrity is embedded within our business.
This is not only the right thing to do but helps to reduce business risk, ensures we maintain our licence to operate and the trust of our stakeholders.


Compliance with anti-bribery and competition law requirements
Modern slavery statement
GLAA Signatory
Tarmac confirms commitment to GLAA Construction Protocol
Doing the right thing

We believe ‘there is never a good business reason to do the wrong thing’. Our Code of Business Conduct (CoBC) guides our approach to issues such as human rights, equality, giving and receiving gifts and hospitality, the use of social media and data protection. It defines the high standards we expect from our employees and others working on our behalf, and that includes our suppliers and subcontractors.

We also provide a confidential ‘Speak Up’ service that allows staff, contractors, hauliers and suppliers to anonymously seek advice and report concerns about potential violations of our code or corporate ethics. In 2017, over one thousand Tarmac employees received advanced compliance training, addressing issues such as competition compliance, anti bribery and corruption and the CRH Code of Business Conduct.

Continued compliance

Throughout 2017, we have reviewed our policies and procedures in preparation for new legislative requirements due to be implemented in 2018, these include The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and the gender pay gap reporting requirements implemented under the Equality Act 2010. We will report on the progress made in our 2018 report.

Modern slavery

Tarmac is a responsible and ethical business and as part of our established Procurement and Human Resources processes we are committed to respecting human and labour rights and take all reasonable steps to ensure that modern slavery (in any form) does not take place in our business and wider sphere of influence such as in our supply chain.

We have worked closely with our parent company, CRH plc to produce our first Modern Slavery Statement. The statement outlines the steps that we take as a business to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within either its own businesses or its supply chains.

Over the last twelve months we have taken action to raise awareness of this important issue across our business and with our supply chain. We have used our intranet and monthly Talking Point to explain Modern Slavery and how to identify it. We have also held a number of workshops, discussions, and training sessions with our senior management teams, supply chain partners and other in the construction sector to explain and reinforce these principles.
In addition, Tarmac has joined forces with other leading UK business to show our support for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) Protocol which seeks to eradicate slavery and labour exploitation in the UK construction sector.
Sustainability governance

Our sustainability strategy forms an integral part of the Tarmac Plan and the long-term success of our business. We have processes in place to govern implementation of the strategy and to report on progress.

Our Executive Committee is responsible for the setting and delivery of our sustainability strategy, with actions and programmes delegated to business units and functions who receive support as needed from our central sustainability team.

The Executive Committee reviews progress against our sustainability commitments on a quarterly basis. We undertake a formal annual review of our strategy, working with our External Sustainability Panel, to ensure it continues to be relevant, appropriate and sufficiently ambitious. Our External Sustainability Panel met twice with Tarmac’s Senior Vice President and senior members of the Tarmac executive team during 2017.