Slavery and human trafficking statement

Slavery and human trafficking statement

April 4, 2017 - 3:07 pm
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MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

Modern slavery is a crime and violation of fundamental human rights.

It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another, in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Fayrefield Foods is opposed to slavery and human trafficking in any part of our activities or our supply chains. Fayrefield Foods is therefore committed to ensuring that we have adequate policies, and procedures in place to identify and prevent these practices.

 

  1. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

The principle activity of the company is trading in dairy products. Company turnover for the financial year 2017 was in excess of £150,000,000.  Fayrefield Foods Ltd operates only from sites within the United Kingdom.  The company is parent to several UK subsidiaries who each follow a similar policy to Fayrefield Foods in respect of slavery and human trafficking.

 

  1. OUR BUSINESS

Our business trades in dairy products from its headquarters at Englesea House in Crewe, Cheshire.  It also stores, cuts and packs products at Fayrefield House in Crewe, Cheshire. Temporary labour is only supplied by companies accredited by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

 

  1. SUPPLY CHAIN

The substantial majority of our purchases are made from the UK, the EU and Canada.  We therefore source very little from countries where modern slavery is prevalent. We however recognise and understand the complexities associated with an international supply chain network and are committed to working with our suppliers, customers, Regulatory Authorities and other parties to support the development of long term solutions to modern slavery and human trafficking.

We are members of Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and are regularly audited by third parties.

Following a review of our procedures we continue to strengthen our current communications with suppliers to ensure compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code.

 

  1. POLICIES

Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing systems and controls to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place in our supply chain.

Our whistleblowing policy provides a mechanism for any employee who may wish to raise modern slavery/human trafficking as an issue.

 

  1. TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION

Policy documents are made available to all staff on induction and are also available on the company’s shared drive.

Ongoing training will be aimed at departmental heads to disseminate amongst the workforce.

 

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31stDecember 2017. It has been approved by the board of Directors and will be reviewed annually.

 

 

 

L J Wright -Deputy Chairman