CORPORATE & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Equality, diversity and rights

The success of any organisation is very much driven by the quality of its employees. Purplebricks provides equal opportunities and is committed to the principle of equality regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, political opinion or affiliation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability. We apply employment policies that are fair, equitable and consistent with the skills and abilities of our employees and the needs of the business. All employees are accorded equal opportunity for recruitment, training and promotion and, in all jobs of like work, on equal terms and conditions of employment.


Environment

Purplebricks is committed to minimising the environmental impact and carbon footprint of its business operations. As a hybrid estate agent with very limited physical infrastructure and a marketing model that is largely paperless, the company has a much-reduced environmental impact compared to traditional estate agencies.


Health and safety

We are committed to ensuring appropriate assessment and suitable control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities for our employees, our customers and our partners.

Charity Activity

Purplebricks is pleased to partner with Bookmark, a new charity that mobilises a nationwide community of volunteers to provide dedicated reading support to children who need it most. Combining technology with brilliant people, the charity gives children the priceless opportunity to share in the joy of books, develop a love of reading, expand their vocabulary, build their confidence and broaden their horizons.

Bookmark CEO Kitty Higgins said: “We are incredibly excited about Bookmark’s partnership with Purplebricks, with whose support we are able to reach even more children. Over £13,000 was raised by the fantastic team at Purplebricks at their last conference, which will enable us to support more than 130 children through two reading programmes. It’s a tremendous start and we look forward to working together even more in the future, so that we are able to make the biggest difference we can, for as many children as possible.”

The next event for Purplebricks and Bookmark is the Lake District 5 Peaks Charity Challenge, in May 2019. This is an exhausting but energising 14 mile journey through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District that scales five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest, Scafell Pike.



Conformity to the Modern Slavery Act

This statement is made on behalf of Purplebricks Group Plc pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) and comprises our slavery and human trafficking statement.

Our structure

Purplebricks Group is a Public Limited Company (PLC) (“Purplebricks”) registered in England (registered number 08047368).

Purplebricks provides services in the UK and through its direct subsidiaries. Internationally, services are provided by a network of separate and independent entities or practices offering professional, commercial and residential property services. These firms, Purplebricks Inc. and Purplebricks Australia PTY Ltd together with Purplebricks, are known as 'the Purplebricks global network'. For the purposes of the Act, only Purplebricks meets the threshold requiring an annual statement to be produced.

Our Approach

Purplebricks is committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business nor in our supply chain. We work to provide our customers with a high level of service and expect our supplier to also meet our level of professional standards. This Policy Statement reflects Purplebricks’ commitment to acting with integrity and ethically through all of our business relationships. It also reflects the commitment we have in implementing and enforcing correct and effective processes which control and ensure that Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place through our supply chain and Company.

Further steps

Purplebricks Group Plc is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking place and will review the existing business and supply chains for the risks of slavery and human trafficking. This will include reviewing (as needed) our procurement processes; and sharing relevant information as part of awareness training to relevant parts of our business. Purplebricks will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

Supply Chain

Purplebricks prides itself on operating a zero tolerance policy towards Slavery and Human Trafficking. All employees that are responsible for procuring external goods and services including all head office staff, regional office directors and heads of department are dedicated to ensuring that our suppliers always adhere to the same ethos and support us in complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. All staff listed above are required to establish that they are dealing with trusted suppliers and to identify and discuss the potential risks related with any new supply chains. A copy of this statement will be provided to all businesses/ entities within the Purplebricks supply chain.

Recruitment and Onboarding Practices

Purplebricks currently have onboarding and auditing practices in place for checking that all employees have the right to work in the UK. Our recruitment methods are continually reviewed to ensure transparency and consistency. Training will be provided to management when needed.

Responsibilities

This policy has been shared with our Purplebricks global network which includes Purplebricks Inc. and Purplebricks Australia PTY Ltd and will be reviewed in October 2018.
The Chief Financial Officer, James Davies, is responsible for this statement.

Reporting

Should an employee have any concerns in regards to a breach of our Policy, the Legislation or a likely risk of a breach they must inform the HR Department by calling 0121 794 3934 or emailing HR@purplebricks.com

Please note that employees can also report instances via the Grievance Policy.