Florette UK & Ireland Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Financial Year ending December 2016

Introduction from the Managing Director

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps which Florette UK & Ireland Ltd. has taken in this financial year to combat slavery and human trafficking.

Florette UK & Ireland has always been committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains. Taking these steps has strengthened our resolve still further and the tools it provides us with will empower us to do more than ever before in pursuit of this goal.

Our Business

Florette UK & Ireland Ltd. is a food manufacturer in the FMCG sector. We are part of the French owned co-operative group – Agrial. Florette UK & Ireland has over 700 employees.

Our business supplies prepared salad and beetroot products to customers within retail, convenience, food service and business to business. These are located primarily in the UK, Ireland and Holland.  Our actual business units are based in the UK but products are sourced both within the UK and internationally. This is mainly within Europe.

Our Supply Chain

Florette UK & Ireland works closely with their growers with many long established relationships.  All primary suppliers are SEDEX registered. We also work with suppliers accredited by Global GAP. We ensure all of contracts make reference to Florette’s policy on Modern Slavery. Suppliers work with us in partnership to proactively ensure all appropriate measures are taken.  They have a code of conduct they must adhere to.

As temporary and seasonal work is common practice within our supply chain it is an area that we have identified as a potential risk for slavery and human trafficking. Working in partnership with the GLAA (Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority), ALP (Association of Labour Providers) and Stronger Together helps us support our growers and employees throughout our supply chain to minimise the risk of exploitation.

As a company we have a robust supplier approval process which involves ethical audits to ensure our supplier’s ethical stance is aligned with ours. We audit compliance in line with the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code.  Our aim is to have transparency throughout the supply chain.

Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Ethical and Social Policy, based on the ETI Base Code reflects our commitment to ensuring all labour is employed ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. This includes the implementation and enforcement of effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

We have put in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.

We are operating in a sector that has a relatively high risk of slavery and human trafficking. We mitigate this risk by developing long standing sustainable relationships with our accredited suppliers. As part of the  Agrial Group many of these suppliers are integrated into the supply chain as part of the wider Company. By working closely with those suppliers that are not certified at a Group level and carrying out ethical audits we minimize the risk occurring.

By working in partnership with Stronger Together and GLAA and promoting their posters and helplines on site, we offer a confidential service so that people can raise concerns about slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains. All temporary labour supplied to our sites will be via an employment agency that is registered with the GLAA.

Supplier Adherence to Our Values

Florette UK & Ireland Ltd expects all suppliers and any subcontractor engaged by the company to respect and conform to our fundamental values as conditions for mutual business.

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We require our immediate suppliers to inform us what steps they are taking to monitor the risk of slavery and human trafficking further down the supply chain. We will not support or deal with any supplier knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff. All Directors, Managers and Supervisors in the business have undergone Modern Slavery awareness training. HR team members have also attended GLAA (Gangmaster Labour Abuse Authority) and Stronger Together workshops.

All employees are expected to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Employees are encouraged to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.

Further Steps

Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:

  • Supplier of temporary workers will have ongoing audits with agency workers being randomly interviewed to ensure no risk of exploitation.
  • Ethical audits will take place on suppliers to ensure that standards are met.

Doug Robertson

Managing Director

Florette UK & Ireland.