This statement by Calbee Group UK Ltd has been published in accordance with Section 54 of the UK Modem Slavery Act 2015. This Statement has been prepared on behalf of Calbee Group UK Ltd, a UK corporation and covers related efforts made thereby during the period of January 1,2021 through December 31, 2021.
The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented, and evidence has shown that the pandemic has increased vulnerability to modern slavery all over the world as many of the underlying drivers of modern slavery have worsened, such as poverty, inequality, and unemployment.
During the pandemic we have focussed on serving our customers and looking after our employees whilst maintaining our commitments to trade ethically and responsibly. This statement details our efforts towards modern slavery throughout 2021.
1. Business Outline
Calbee Group UK Ltd forms part of Japanese global snack-manufacturer, Calbee Inc.
Calbee Group UK Ltd are 100% owned subsidiary and operate a snacks business producing under the Seabrook and Harvest Snaps brands and for private label. Our supply chain handles potatoes, various cereal and grain flours and vegetable oils as principal materials, while handling seasonings and packaging as secondary materials.
2. Our Commitment
Our policy is to conduct business honestly and ethically, supporting and respecting internationally declared human rights protections. We recognise that modern slavery can take many different forms and our zero-tolerance approach means we are committed to ensuring we have effective systems and processes to safeguard against any form of to modern slavery or human trafficking within our business or supply chain.
3. Our Supply Chain
Calbee Group UK Ltd adheres to the requirements of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base code, which is established under the Convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is a code of internationally recognised labour practices.
Through membership of Sedex their online platform, tools and services help our business operate responsibly and sustainably whilst supporting us to protect workers.
We do not enter into business with any organisation which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour. Our suppliers are important to us and we pride ourselves that many have long standing relationships with us. All our suppliers are aware of our expectations to work honestly, ethically and in line with all legislation and through our active communication with them, whilst our robust Quality Management System allows us to carry out appropriate risk based due diligence.
We consider our main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking lies within the temporary labour pool due to the transient nature of this workforce. To minimise this risk, we operate a Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of agency labour and only work with agencies who are part of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, are members of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and who work with the Stronger Together partnership.
We have a zero-tolerance approach, and should we identify that a supplier, customer, or another party within our supply chain has not met the high standards we set we will cease our dealings with them.
4. Relevant Policies
Our HR policies and standards ensure compliance with legislation and are readily available to our employees through our intranet and notice boards. Prior to recruitment, we check the eligibility of all our employees to work in the UK, and we pay at least the national minimum wage to our employees.
To ensure our staff understand the policies and the risks of modern slavery to our supply chains and our business, we provide training at the point of induction. We also ensure our staff know who to contact if they have a concern about modern slavery or any wrongdoing and operate a Public Interest Disclosure Policy giving both employees and business partners the opportunity to confidentially raise any concerns without fear of retaliation.
In 2020 we developed a number of documents to support Covid Safe working practices such as risk assessments, home working guidelines and safe systems of work, these documents continue to be regularly monitored and updated where necessary. For our office-based staff 2021 saw the introduction of hybrid working with the office environment using Perspex screening and limiting numbers working on site. Meetings, business updates and communications continued online. Within our factories we continued with the additional hygiene measures, Perspex screening and one-way systems along whilst the use of masks and social distancing remained in place.
To date no modern slavery concerns have been identified within our business or supply chain however, we remain committed to monitoring the effectiveness of our systems and processes through annual reviews.
We understand that raising awareness is key in addressing the risk of modern slavery, our HR Department have completed Stronger Togethers’ workshop ‘Advanced Tackling Modern Slavery in UK Businesses.’ Action plans are in place to provide wider training to the management and supervisory teams, and we continue to develop our training in this regard to expand our current provision and provide refreshers to our staff on a periodic basis throughout the year.
This Statement has been approved by the Group Managing Director of Calbee Group UK Ltd on 11th May 2022.
Group Managing Director
Calbee Group UK Ltd
11th May 2022