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Our Standards


Operating to the highest ethical, business and employment standards...

At the core of our CR programme are the values and standards that we subscribe to as a company. Everyone in the Coats team shares the responsibility for developing and maintaining a working environment that we can be proud of. The foundations of this lie in everyone acting with honesty, integrity and fairness and speaking up if they feel this is not happening.

Our vision and business goals establish what we want to achieve at Coats and our 5 business principles describe the way we work:

Our principles

  • Energy for change – being prepared to try new things so that we will succeed and grow
  • Respectful and inclusive – promoting an equality of opportunity and good relations between all sections of the business
  • Freedom to operate – providing a framework within which everyone in the business is empowered to do their job, and success is celebrated
  • Openness and honesty – an ethical culture which is free from politics and where constructive criticism can be given and received freely
  • Positive teamwork – working together to achieve our global goals and objectives

We have high expectations of ourselves and the relationships we build with our stakeholders. We want to achieve success and look to grow through positive, global teamwork. Our business reputation, together with the trust and confidence of the people we do business with, is one of our most valuable assets. Our Ethics Code applies to everyone who represents, or acts on behalf of, Coats and helps them to understand their role in upholding our values.

Our CR governance structure is formalised by the membership of a CR Advisory Group which is chaired by a member of our Group Executive Team.

Copies of our key CR policies and the terms of reference for the CR Advisory Group are published on our downloads page.