MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2020
This statement is made on behalf of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and comprises our slavery and human trafficking statement.
This is Mr Fothergill’s Seeds first statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It outlines the steps taken as a business to identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chains. We understand our responsibilities and are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
Mr Fothergill’s Seeds is the UK’s largest provider of amateur horticultural seeds. Employing over 150 staff and operating in the UK and internationally both B2B and B2C, providing horticultural seeds and related products including live young plants. The principal activities being sourcing, packing and distribution.
The UK operations are headquartered in Newmarket, where employment practices are rigorously controlled by our internal Human Resource department to standards well above those set out in statutory legislation. Contractors, workers and agency staff are also rigorously audited in view of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our supply chains are global and offer us the biggest challenge, so have been the first external focus of attention in the year 2020. Based upon risk assessments, our highest risk and largest suppliers are audited via a combination of online audits and supplier visits. Mr Fothergill’s Seeds commits to extend the scope of these annual audits.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds’ Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business and supply chains. Our whistleblowing policy provides a system for employees to escalate slavery and human trafficking issues and breaches of our policy. The policy is reviewed annually in line with the changing business.
No breaches or suspected breaches have been reported in the financial year 2020.
Due Dilligence Processes For Slavery and Human Trafficking
To identify, monitor and mitigate risk is the responsibility of the Board of Directors, aided by the Human Resource department.
A target for the coming year is to increase the reach and coverage of this due diligence via a process of communication and training of the senior management team to further identify potential risks of modern slavery.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) pf the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Mr Fothergills Seeds Ltd Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year end 30th June 2021 and was approved by the Board of Directors on 1st July 2021.