Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement 2016

This statement is made pursuant to 54. Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps the Company has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Orchard House Foods has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or those of our suppliers.

Orchard House Foods was the first business in the UK to commercialise freshly squeezed orange juice. For over 30 years the Company has remained the UK’s market leader in ready-to-eat fresh fruit products, fresh fruit patisserie and drinks for leading UK retailers. Orchard House Foods employs over 1,000 people between its sites in Corby and Gateshead. We are part of Hain Daniels Group – a leading manufacturer in the food industry. We adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code and we encourage all our suppliers to adhere. As a business, we want to ensure that working conditions are safe and hygienic, child labour is not used, employment is freely chosen, living wage is paid, working hours are controlled and that there is no discrimination or harsh or inhumane treatment.

Orchard House Foods uses around 1,300 different fruit suppliers from 40 different countries, while ingredients and packaging supplies comes mainly from within UK.

Steps for the prevention of Modern Slavery.

We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and we are evolving and updating our contracting processes to include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children. We expect our suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

The Steps we have already taken include:-

  1. We require all recruitment and employment agencies that we use (and that all our suppliers use) to hold a Gangmasters Licensing Authority Licence.
  2. “Stronger Together” training has been provided to some of our employees. This consisted of raising awareness and ensuring that people understand the importance of modern day slavery issues. The course provides tools to use in tackling modern slavery in the supply chain. There will be annual training sessions provided in the future.
  3. The cost of the recruitment for Orchard House Foods is a business cost and no fee for recruitment is charged to workers, directly or indirectly.
  4. We undertake regular audits of our suppliers to ensure ethical practice.
  5. Confidential questionnaires are occasionally sent to our employees to identify any potential worker exploitation.
  6. We assess each supplier before engaging them in business. Each is required to produce copies of their accreditations. Suppliers are asked to complete a self-assessment ethical compliance questionnaire. This consists of questions around working hours, freedom of association, recruitment, accommodation, extended social accountability and health and safety – covering aspects of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. Any fruit or packaging supplier to which the Modern Slavery Act 2015 applies is required to confirm in writing to us that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act. We use a variety of service providers for confidential surveys. Our trained auditors then visit the supplier and conduct a British Retail Consortium audit to ensure global standards for food safety are met, and an ethical audit – where conditions for employees are inspected. The audits are conducted on an annual basis.
  7. We are an A/B Member of Sedex and all our fruit suppliers are required to become members of Sedex.
  8. “Stronger Together” posters and leaflets are displayed and accessible to employees on all sites.

We intend to implement the following measures:-

  1. Conduct risk assessments 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 areas.
  2. Engage with our suppliers to gain an understanding of the measures taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their businesses.
  3. Introduce contractual provisions in our contracts with our suppliers, obliging them to adhere to anti modern slavery principles and to accept our right to audit their activities and (where practicable) relationships, both routinely and at times of reasonable suspicion.
  4. Write and implement an internal Company policy on preventing hidden labour exploitation.
  5. Work collaboratively with trade union and employee representatives on a programme to identify, tackle and report hidden labour exploitation.
  6. Include recognising and reporting human trafficking and other third party hidden labour exploitation in induction training.
  7. Introduce into our Supplier Code of Conduct principles around anti-modern slavery.
  8. Revise our Whistleblowing Policy to include reference to modern slavery.

Orchard House Foods has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and this will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.

This statement has been put together as part of our commitment to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It has been approved by the board of directors of Orchard House Foods Limited, who will review and update it annually.

James Skidmore, CEO Orchard Foods Limited