Our people

At Wolseley, we believe in doing the right thing. Always. We are guided in this by our Code of Conduct, our commitment to the Health & Safety of our people, and living our values in everything we do. This isn’t just about doing the right thing inside Wolseley, we’re committed to acting on this belief outside Wolseley too.

Watch the introduction to our Talent Guild Apprenticeship from Jo Shipley, Apprenticeship Lead for Wolseley UK.

Wolseley Talent Guild

Our award-winning Wolseley Talent Guild was created in late 2020 following feedback from colleagues which told us that they wanted clearer career development paths, as well as support to achieve the next steps in their careers.

The Talent Guild was launched with the intention of delivering an industry-leading approach to talent management across a range of areas of colleague development. It has been designed with three key objectives in mind: to improve the engagement levels of our existing colleagues; to maximise their collective talents and ambitions; and to demonstrate to both existing and prospective colleagues that our business is the ideal place for them to learn and thrive.

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Doing the right thing

We expect the highest ethical standards from our colleagues and other personnel in carrying out our business.

This is why we've developed our Code of Conduct, which provides our colleagues with guidance on the standards expected when conducting business on behalf of Wolseley UK.

It is essential that everyone maintains our reputation for integrity, and acts honestly, fairly, and with transparency in the conduct of their work.

Our code of conduct
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Inclusion and diversity

Bringing your full self to work at Wolseley

We value our colleagues and believe it is important to create a culture of mutual trust and respect. We work hard to ensure that people are treated fairly and with dignity, as well as with consideration for their goals and aspirations.

We are committed to ensuring that diversity in the workplace is fully encouraged and supported. We are also committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not engage in or tolerate unlawful workplace conduct, including discrimination, intimidation, or harassment.

Wolseley is passionate about supporting our people to reach their full potential, and about ensuring that no job applicant or colleague receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, social class, colour, race, ethnic origin, creed, age, sexual orientation or disability, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be relevant to performance.

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Committed to Health & Safety

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all individuals affected by our activities, including our colleagues, contractors, and the public. We will provide a safe and healthy working environment and, will not knowingly compromise the health and safety of any individual.

Find out more about our commitment to the health and safety of our colleagues, customers, and the communities in which we operate.

More about Health & Safety
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Equal opportunities

Wolseley are committed to ensuring that our colleagues are empowered to use their talents to the full, and that no job applicant or colleague receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, social class, colour, race, ethnic origin, creed, age, sexual orientation or disability or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be relevant to performance.

Gender pay gap report
We welcome the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting. It gives us the opportunity to share the work we’re doing to address our gap, to assess our progress against our peers, and to learn from other organisations. It has been estimated that the gender pay gap in the UK might not close until around 2040. We are determined that it won’t take that long in Wolseley UK.

We have two UK entities – Wolseley UK and William Wilson. In the interests of transparency we have reported on both even though William Wilson falls outside the legislation because they have fewer than 250 employees.

Below you can find our Gender Pay Gap reports.

2021 gender pay gap report
2020 gender pay gap report
2019 gender pay gap report
2018 gender pay gap report
2017 gender pay gap report

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Modern slavery statement

This statement has been published in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and describes the steps Wolseley UK Limited and its group of companies have taken during the financial year ending 31 July 2021 to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our businesses and supply chain.

This is the first statement Wolseley has prepared since it was acquired by Clayton, Dubilier and Rice on 29 January 2021. Wolseley was previously included in Ferguson plc’s Modern Slavery Act Statement.

This statement has been prepared in accordance with legislation, taking account of Home Office guidance and best practice.

Read our full modern slavery statement
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Why Wolseley doesn't have an ESG policy

We don’t have a policy specifically about ESG because we don’t believe that our journey in this space should be disconnect and treated as something separate from our day-day work. Our determination to have a positive impact on the environment, on society, on our industry, and on people, should be part of everything we do in Wolseley.

This means that ‘ESG-related’ activities and commitments are incorporated into a number of different policies, such the ones we have around environment, the workplace, product integrity, and ethical supply chain.

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