Guiding Principles

At Stanley Black & Decker, we go beyond the regulatory bare-minimums to embed sustainability and safety principles into everything we do. Therefore all of our operations follow the below guiding principles.

  • Comply with all environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws and regulations as the minimum acceptable level of behavior. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and productive work environment by minimizing the risk of accidents, injury, and exposure to health risks.
  • Support responsible mineral production of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold from the DRC Region and commit to obtain these minerals from "Conflict-Free Smelters" as designated by the Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition ("EICC").
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Reduce workplace accidents and injuries by researching, implementing, and institutionalizing injury reduction practices.
  • Operate within a sound environmental and safety management system that defines our commitment, establishes accountability, sets performance targets, and monitors our progress.
  • Commit to providing a secure workplace. Site specific workplace plans and practices are continually revised to maintain a workplace free from internal and external threats.
  • Emphasize our commitment to a sustainable future by aligning ECOSMART™ with the Stanley Fulfillment System, ensuring that our products with sustainable attributes also maximize their business attributes.
  • Embrace sustainable practices in our operations, our products, our communities, our suppliers, and our customers to maximize stakeholders benefit to our environmental-economic-social bottom line.
  • Evaluate all potential environmental impacts to conserve energy and water, preserve our natural resources, prevent pollution, and utilize environmentally friendly materials and processes in the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of our products.
  • Go beyond compliance by adopting aggressive waste minimization programs: committing ourselves whenever feasible to material reuse and waste recycling instead of disposal. Whenever practicable, minimize or eliminate the use of hazardous materials in our products through material substitution.
  • Ensure that our local, regional, and national suppliers providing goods and services share our same values on health, safety, social, and environmental performance.
  • Address the needs of all stakeholders, including investors, employees, customers, suppliers, governments, NGOs, and society, and align those needs with our Purpose.
  • Recognize and reward those who exceed expectations and take immediate remedial action where we fall short.
  • Commit to a continual improvement process. Strive to learn and implement best practices.
  • Share with our community, suppliers, and customers the best practices we learn along the way.