TREATING PEOPLE AS PEOPLE – THE ASF BERRY INTEGRITY APPROACH
Our Berry Integrity Mission is to promote human rights, mitigate against human rights risks and remediate against adverse impacts on human rights throughout our supply chain. We require our suppliers to comply with our Ethical Trade and Human Rights Policy, to promote the improvement of working conditions for the people who pick, pack, and deliver our berries.
We work collaboratively to share ideas and best practice within the industry to overcome today's challenges of mitigating against ethical risks in food production. For example, we are proactive members of FNET (Food Network for Ethical Trade) and the Spanish Ethical Forum.
We have identified strategic KPIs and we review our progress through the Stronger Together direct reporting tool. We are leading the way amongst others in the programme, clearly illustrating our investment and commitment to the programme.
WE ARE A "LIVING WAGE" ACCREDITED EMPLOYER
We also fully endorse the Employer Pays Principle, which is aiming to ensure that no workers within our supply chain pay for a job and the cost of recruitment is borne by the employer and not the worker.
IDENTIFY AND IRRADICATE UNFAIR RECRUITMENT FEES FROM OUR SUPPLY CHAIN BY 2025
We’re embedding the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit to drive ethical and professional recruitment within our supply chain and we are delighted that we are leading the way.
MAKE WORKER VOICE CENTRAL TO OUR OPERATIONAL DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES BY 2025
Since 2019 we’ve conducted a series of employee surveys using the &Wider tool to facilitate an additional channel for “employee voice”. This has enabled us to address issues which may have not been identified otherwise.
Our worker committee seeks to be representative of employees across our business, having at least one representative from each of our sites, to enable us to improve the employment relationship within our company.
Leading by example, we are encouraging all our suppliers to adopt this approach to improve working conditions within our supply chain.
BUILD RESILIENCE AND CAPACITY OF OUR SUPPLIERS THROUGH BESPOKE ELEARNING BY 2023
We are conducting training needs analysis with our suppliers and through regular dialogue with individual suppliers, and we have developed a range of bespoke human rights due diligence resources available to all of our supply chain.