Human Trafficking and Slavery Policy (Last Updated Mar 2020)
Human Trafficking and Slavery Policy Statement
October 2018/19Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV are publishing this statement under the provision of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”). The Act requires businesses to state the actions they have taken during the financial year to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their operations and supply chains.
In striving to improve conditions for all workers throughout our supply chain, we recognise the importance of transparency from our suppliers.
We believe in partnership and actively engaging with not just our suppliers but with similar interested parties in other supply chains.
This statement refers to the financial year ending 31 September 2019.
Supply Chain Transparency Progress 2018/19
Communication with Suppliers
This year we have achieved success and progress in communicating with all of our suppliers. The importance of adherence not only just to legislation in those countries but with agreement and support with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our approved facilities have been contacted not just to read our policy, agree with it and to sign a Slavery and Human Trafficking Declaration, but to actively audit their facilities.
Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV undertakes increased levels of due diligence on all proposed third parties prior to entering into agreement with them to ensure that those third parties connected to Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited, and Beeswift BV conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the Act and to the highest ethical standards expected by Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV.
Training with Staff
We have also engaged with our own personnel and given them knowledge and training on the Modern Slavery Act and the importance of the Human Trafficking Statement. This training has been provided to all core personnel e.g. sales, procurement and HR. We are planning to widen this training to other staff and increase the awareness of the training. During this period the CEO, Compliance and Ethics Manager and senior staff at Beeswift Limited have engaged in training provided by the ETI especially with the “Essentials of Ethical Trade”.
Continued auditing of suppliers
Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV have continued to carry out announced SMETA type social audits on their supply chain in the Far East in accordance with Sedex 6.1
Supply Chain Policy
Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV activities are not just UK based but Europe and the Rest of the World.
This year we achieved a turnover in excess of £50 million and we envisage growth to continue. We will provide additional resources to improve and mitigate our supply chain.
In total our markets continue to expand with increased growth in sales and our product portfolio developing now reaching a supply chain in over 20 countries. We make use of a manufacturing basis which uses over 140 production facilities with a core of 30-35 main active long term partners.
Approved facilities are audited in accordance with SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) methodology using the principles of the ETI (Ethical Trade Initiative). Only approved auditors are used to carry out social audits who are accredited to IRCA (International Register of Certified Auditors). Only Beeswift auditors are used to provide rigid consistency to the audit process.
In 2019 we continued to map our first-tier supply chain in order to identify particular risks which require attention. This will lead to an on-going program which will ensure our systems:-
- Identify and access potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Protect whistleblowers.
Teams within Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV are working together to ensure this process is thorough and effective and once completed shall assess and mitigate any risks flagged. We are working with all our suppliers to assist them in identifying any areas in their supply chains and to mitigate the risk of modern slavery occurring. One area we aimed at looking at and assessing is gender breakdown in the context of fair pay. We have gained some information about gender breakdown (e.g. supervisors, mangers who are male/female) but have not consolidated the data to reflect pay. This is something that we will pursue in 2020. Going forward in 2020 and beyond:-
- Conduct a SMETA 6.1, Four Pillar audit at Beeswift Limited (December 2020).
- Continue specific training especially Discrimination training for all senior managers and supervisors (December 2020).
- Review, audit, consolidate third party employment agencies to see that they meet the working principles of the ETI and most importantly comply with SMETA 6.1 (Jan/Feb 2020).
- Close-off existing non-compliances and successfully challenge observations for social audits with particular reference to dealing with the root cause (on-going).
- Develop auditing training in the context of SMETA audits for stakeholders (on-going).
- Investigate gender differences in the supply chain in the context of fair pay and job role.
- Monitor the working hours in tier one suppliers.
- Training for our third party partners on the principles of the ETI.
- Participate in ethical training particularly looking into Human Trafficking and Due Diligence which will help us to delve deeper into our supply chain and produce actions to deal with salient points.
- Training in Mental Health for managers and supervisors.
We have produced a Corporate and Social Responsibility Policy, which reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV’s policy is based on the principles of the ETI Based Code which is based on the International Labour Organisation.
Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV, will continue to take specialist legal advice to ensure we are informed of any updates or changes to its obligations under the Act.
Gerber Goldschmidt Group (UK) Limited, Beeswift Limited and Beeswift BV committed to upholding human rights and safety in our supply chain and we will be reviewing our progress and effectiveness in combatting slavery and human trafficking on a regular basis.
Beeswift Limited has just completed their first submission as a Foundation member to the Ethical Trading Initiative and hope to be confirmed during the next few months.
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