Being a responsible business
We take our position in the industry seriously and strive to continually improve the marketplace to ensure we remain the most trusted place for car buyers to source their next car. We have a relentless focus on driving transparency and fairness, both of which instil trust between us and our stakeholders.
We believe that the only way to deliver the best experience for our consumers and the best services for our customers – and to do the right thing by our people – is to approach things in the right way. Therefore, we have established policies, procedures and training to ensure that everyone at Auto Trader knows that they must behave professionally, ethically and legally; treating people with respect. We promote a culture of compliable and shared responsibility by providing advice and information to keep our employees, consumers and customers smart, safe and secure.
Maintaining a trusted marketplace
Buying or selling a car should be a pleasant and hassle-free experience‚ and should be transparent and fair. At Auto Trader we do everything we can to make sure that's the case.
We put the consumer at the heart of everything we do. By introducing tools such as Price Indicator, Dealer Reviews and Monthly price search, we improve the transparency of the consumer’s car buying journey and of the whole marketplace.
Customers and consumers trust our platform, and we invest to keep it secure. We continuously monitor the availability and resilience of our platform and systems, as well as investing in security infrastructure to ensure they remain robust. For more information go to our Safety and security page.
We are committed to carrying out all business activities in an honest, open and ethical manner. Our Ethical Procurement Policy ensures we pro-actively seek supplier relationship with those who equally share our passion for contributing to the community and environment within their own businesses and their supply chains. We encourage our suppliers and partners to drive their own ESG efforts in line with our principles. As with all large businesses, we published information about our supplier payment practices and performance.
to pay our supplier invoices on average
of invoices paid within the agreed terms
As outlined in our Customer Charter all customers are treated fairly and consistently, with transparent and standardised pricing and business practices.
We have zero tolerance to any aspect of bribery and corruption, both within our business and in respect of any third parties with whom we have dealings. We have established anti-bribery and corruption policy and procedures in place including reporting of gifts and hospitality, standard contractual clauses with suppliers and annual online compliance training for all employees.
Each year, our employees complete mandatory compliance training that covers fraud, bribery, anti-money laundering, information security, criminal corporate offence and GDPR to ensure they are up to date with policies and procedures in all these areas.
We encourage a culture of openness and will support employees who report suspected wrongdoing so that we can investigate or prevent the possible escalation of misconduct. We provide a whistleblowing helpline through an independent organisation, which is anonymous and confidential. Reports are directed to the Audit Committee Chair and the Company Secretary. Find out more in our Whistleblowing Statement 2020.
Protecting human rights and treating people fairly
Our focus on diversity and inclusion extends to treating all our employees and job applicants fairly and equally. It is our policy not to discriminate based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability or age, pregnancy, or trade union membership or the fact they are a part-time worker or a fixed-term employee. The equal opportunities policy operated by the Group ensures all workers have a duty to act in accordance to this.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and expect the same high standards from all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. Read our Modern Slavery Statement.