Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Financial Year Ended 28 April 2018
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes our modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended April 2019.
Richard Wellocks and Sons Limited is a subsidiary of William Jackson Food Group a sixth-generation family business. Wellocks is one of the leading suppliers of all catering ingredients to high quality hotels, pubs and restaurants.
The company is head-quartered in Nelson, Lancashire and has three other distribution centres in Aylesbury, Glasgow and Tewkesbury. The company turnover is c£55m.
The company sources over 5,300 different ingredients and packaging from c.1,000 suppliers from both the UK and overseas, together with c.200 suppliers for indirect goods and services.
Our values underpin every aspect of our business, and consist of taking pride, do the right thing and be the difference . We strive to be a business to be proud of and feel that a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it.
We are committed to eradicating all instances of modern slavery or human trafficking taking place in any part of our group, or the suppliers we deal with. This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure no slavery or human trafficking exists anywhere in our supply chains . Ultimate responsibility for the prevention of modern slavery rests with the Company’s leadership. The Group Management Board has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy and its implementation comply with our legal, moral and ethical obligat ions. Leaders at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery .
Training and Awareness
We are working with the Stronger Together programme to ensure all relevant colleagues receive the appropriate level of training to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the knowledge to address any related issues which may arise. We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Through our training programme and procedures, colleagues will be reminded of the Group Whistle-blowing Policy as the primary method of reporting any suspicions or evidence of slavery or human trafficking. We will accept and take seriously concerns communicated anonymously. The Company encourages members of the public or people not employed by us to write, in confidence, to the Company Secretary or the Group People Director to raise any concern, issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of our business or related supply chain.
Prevention Within Our Business and Supply Chain
We will take action to address any evidence of slavery or human t raffi ckin g. During the past year we have undertaken the following key activities in order to assess and manage such risks within our business and supply chain:
- Co-ordinated activities across the Group via a multi-disciplinary steering group
- Conducted Stronger Together training for key members of People, Operations, Technical & Procurement functions
- Distributed Stronger Together materials for display at all our sites with their location and visibility checked by members of the steering group
- Conducted risk assessments across all suppliers of ingredients and packaging to determine which parts of our business and which of our suppliers are most at risk of modern slavery so that efforts can be focused on those
- Engage with our suppliers both to convey to them our stance on modern slavery and to gain an understanding of the measures taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their businesses.
- Continued to be active members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and encouraged all of our suppliers to engage with organisations such as Sedex or the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) that promote the core conventions of the UN’s International Labour
- Sign-posted suppliers to resources provided by Stronger Together and
Our priorities for the coming year are:
- During the contract review process, engage directly with all suppliers assessed as being at high risk modern slavery or human trafficking within their own operations or external supply chains highlight awareness of the issue and understand the control measures they have in
- Re-publicise the WJFG whistle-blowing policy to ensure that all of our people understand how to safely raise any concerns they may have about possible instances of modern slavery or human trafficking within our own operations or our supply chains .
- Extend supplier risk assessments to selected categories of indirect expenditure alongside existing risk assessments of suppliers of ingredients and
- Record and report on Sedex (or equivalent) membership of our ingredients and packaging suppliers.
- Extend internal Stronger Together training to all members of the Procurement and HR functions and to Technical and Operations
- Extend risk assessments down the supply chain into ‘hot-spot’
- Place modern slavery and human trafficking as a regular agenda item on all relevant synergy group meetings.
- We will signpost smaller suppliers to the Home Office supported consultancy service to assist them in identifying, addressing and managing their exposure to modern slavery and human
- We will ensure that GLAA-compliant audits are conducted on all labour
This statement has been reviewed and approved by the Management Board of William Jackson Food Group Limited on 24th September 2019.
Jill Martin Managing Director 25th October 2019
View our previous statement – https://wellocks.co.uk/modern-slavery-statement/