Modern slavery statement for financial year 2017/18
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that the DB Foods Group has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our businesses or supply chains.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. DB Foods Group has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
DB Foods Group operates in the food manufacturing industry. We supply and process meat, poultry, game and fitness related nutrition products from it's premises located throughout the UK.
DB Foods Group primarily sells UK and Irish based product plus imports product from EU area, plus a smaller element from traders throughout the world.
The following companies are within the DB Foods Group:
- DB Foods Limited
- Tadmarton Products Limited
- Muscle Food Limited
- BBD Online Limited
Our high risk areas
Our key internal risk is the employment of staff where we recruit through reputable Agencies on a temporary basis. We ensure the agencies are meeting their obligations to paying the staff under our charge the appropriate rate.
We carry out a risk assessment to identify who we consider to be high risk suppliers and we ensure that these suppliers meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act by conducting our own audits and requiring declaration from the supplier on compliance.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy : This policy sets out the organisation's stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy : We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. All staff responsible for carrying out interviews sign an interviewer declaration about their responsibilities in identifying slavery at the recruitment stage.
- Whistleblowing policy : We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of business conduct : This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
- Slavery posters in different languages are displayed in staff areas advising staff how to report Slavery
DB Foods Group operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We are currently conducting due diligence on new suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery and on site audits where appropriate which include a review of working conditions. Our anti-slavery policy and group modern slavery policy forms part of our contract with new suppliers as well as existing suppliers who are identified as high risk and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with new suppliers and relevant existing suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
We are currently organising training for all relevant management teams to ensure they understand the signs of modern slavery. We will also conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.