Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Statement

March 2020

Published in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our statement outlines the steps that we have taken during 2019/20 towards implementing our zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.

Our business and supply chains

Angus Soft Fruits Ltd is a leading supplier of berries to UK and European retailers, food services and wholesalers. We breed, grow, source from around the world and pack berries to ensure consistent supply of the best tasting fruit for our customers.

Our company has a turnover of over £175million, employs over 200 people and operates over two sites in the United Kingdom. We work with more than 100 suppliers in 16 different countries in Europe, Africa and North and South America. Our supply chain varies from single tier to more complex multi-tiered suppliers. 

Our Values

  • Integrity – we do the right thing, meeting industry standards
  • Exceed – we over deliver
  • Efficient – as experts we continuously seek to improve our supply chain processes and costs
  • Innovate – we develop new varieties and other creative approaches
  • Collaborate – we work closely with colleagues, customers and suppliers to build long term relationships

Our values underpin everything we do.

We are sponsors of the Spanish Ethical Forum, in which all of our Spanish suppliers participate.

We have expanded our team with a dedicated Ethical Manager and have established a Human Resources Department to further embed our organisational commitment to human rights.

We are a Bright Future Business Partner, offering employment to victims of modern slavery.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We actively promote and respect human rights within our business through a number of policies, procedures and processes. These include: 

  • Anti-bribery and Corruption
  • Ethical Trade and Human Rights
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Grievance
  • Modern Slavery
  • Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Whistleblowing

Our ethical trade and human rights policy is based on the principles of the ILO, (International Labour Organisation) and ETI, (Ethical Trade Initiative) Base Code. Policies and processes reflect our commitment to mitigating human rights risks and remediation of any adverse impacts that our business has caused or contributed to. We conduct our business in an ethical manner that focuses on human rights related to the provision of labour and working conditions throughout our supply chain, ensuring that people are treated fairly and that their human rights are protected and respected. This includes rights to fair pay, safe working conditions and protection from modern slavery. We seek to develop long term relationships with those businesses that share our ethical standards.

Due Diligence

Accountability for addressing human right risks including modern slavery and human trafficking within our company and our supply chain lies with our Finance Director.

All our suppliers are required to be members of SEDEX, (the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), maintain their SAQ, (Self-Assessment Questionnaire), and to undertake an ethical audit based on risk, ideally a SMETA audit within an agreed timeframe by an approved third party auditor.

Incorporated into our initiatives to identify and address risks of modern slavery are systems that:

  • Develop, implement and train out relevant policies and procedures;
  • Improve recruitment and onboarding processes within our own business to reduce the risk of third parties engaged in exploitation infiltrating our business;
  • Improve awareness and understanding of modern slavery to enable identification of any modern slavery cases;
  • Enable an effective response to any suspected cases to protect victims;
  • Improve auditing, identification and mitigation of risk amongst our labour providers, including agency worker interviews;
  • Identify and assess the potential risk areas in our supply chain;
  • Identify and assess Base Code non-conformances through audit of labour providers and interviewing workers in our supply chain, including incorporating the anonymous &Wilder direct reporting tool amongst our own workforce and that of our suppliers;
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery, human trafficking and other Base Code non-conformances by working with suppliers on CAPs, (corrective action plans);
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chain through dialogue with our suppliers, the use of CAPs and follow up visits;
  • Protect whistleblowers.

Monitoring and Reporting

Our strategic steering group is reviewed to ensure fitness for purpose in driving our progress against ethical trading KPIs. We are completing the Stronger Together direct reporting tool on an annual basis to also measure our progress against our ethical trading action plan.

We participate in relevant forums such as PEN, (Produce Ethical Network) and FNET, (Food Network for Ethical Trade).

Dedicated to building long term supplier relationships, we can influence commitment to ethical trading practices and increase transparency in our supply chain.

Training

To maintain awareness and help us to prevent modern slavery or any human rights abuse, our employees have completed various learning interventions such as:

  • Stronger Together ‘Tackling Modern Slavery’ eLearning;
  • Stronger Together ‘Good practice in handling suspected cases of modern slavery’;
  • ALP, (Association of Labour Providers), ‘Eliminating Recruitment Fees’;
  • ALP ‘Introduction to Responsible Recruitment’;
  • As part of our induction programme, we also incorporate Stronger Together resources.

We have also hosted training events for our suppliers such as ALP ‘Effective sourcing and retaining workers’.

Further steps

To enhance our approach to tackling modern slavery within our business and our supply chain, we will:

  • Continuously improve our policies and practices;
  • Further develop our training interventions to raise awareness;
  • Further develop stakeholder relationships;
  • Commit to achieving our ethical trading KPIs outlined in our action plan;
  • Encourage SEDEX (the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) registration beyond Tier 1 suppliers;
  • Further mapping of our supply chain to incorporate our service providers

Neil Redford
Finance Director
31st March 2020