Modern Slavery Act 2015: Statement

Our Business
This statement covers all the businesses and brands within CH & Co Catering Group Limited, whose head office is in England. A list of the registered companies sitting under CH & Co Catering Group Limited (‘CH & Co Group’) is at the end of this statement.

CH & Co Group is a catering and hospitality provider with over 6000 employees and operates more than 700 sites in the UK and Ireland, across the business and industry, healthcare, education, and public catering sectors. This statement outlines the measures we have taken to date and are continuing to take to ensure no slavery or human trafficking occurs in our business or in our supply chains.

Our Supply Chain
Our supply chain includes the key product categories of Ambient, Frozen & Chilled Food, Fresh Produce, Dairy, Fresh Meat, Beer, Wine and Spirits, Equipment & Disposables. With the recent mergers & acquisitions, CH & Co Group aims to amalgamate all suppliers into a single set of group-wide suppliers to minimise the risk of non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’).

We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery policy (publicly available on the company website and available to employees on the company intranet) reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain or within our business. We also require our business partners to provide training to their staff, suppliers and providers.

To ensure all those in our supply chain comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of structured contractual documentation (requiring suppliers to commit to complying with all relevant laws and regulations, including those relating to modern slavery and human trafficking) and a cyclical checking programme to ensure all parties uphold their commitments in line with our values.

Last year we engaged a third party to complete a due diligence piece to assess our nominated supply chain and to review suppliers' policies and processes.

This annual review ensures our suppliers are compliant or working towards compliance with the requirements of the Act as they apply in relation to the size of each suppliers' business. We continue to work with our suppliers to achieve 100% compliance in our supply chain and support our suppliers to become compliant. This coming year we shall be reviewing our non-core suppliers to ensure compliance.

Employees and agency workers
We have zero tolerance in relation to all our employees regarding slavery and human trafficking which also applies to our dealings with staff agency companies. CH & Co Group has strict HR policies and procedures which support the Act to protect against modern slavery and human trafficking. These include carrying out pre-employment face to face interviews and checks of identification and right to work documentation. There may also be a requirement on certain contracts for employees to be vetted to a more stringent level, this will be client driven. Reference checks are required for all new employees. It is also a requirement that all employees are able to speak and understand the English language, so we can be confident employees will understand our policies and procedures, internal communications and will be able to ask for help should they require it. The business also insists that all employees have their own bank account for the payment of wages.

The business carries out regular audits of its right to work and payroll information, which includes ad hoc site visits to ensure compliance. We provide various routes for employees to communicate with the business should bad practice be taking place and to allow people a confidential route to whistle blow.

We actively support our supply chain suppliers in becoming and ensuring compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and continue to check annually our suppliers and their compliance through third party providers.

We have in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
  • Confidential whistleblowing hotline available for all employees and agency workers;
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.

Effectiveness
CH&CO has introduced the following KPI’s to measure the performance of our anti-slavery actions:

KPI 1: Number of employees receiving Modern Slavery Training
KPI 2: Number of potential instances of modern slavery investigated within our business operations and supply chain”

Training
CH & Co Group recognises modern slavery is a crime and can take many forms, such as forced labour, servitude, compulsory labour and human trafficking. We remain committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. Our Modern Slavery policy is communicated to all employees on our Company intranet to reinforce the policy. We ensure information is cascaded down the company, raising awareness of Modern Slavery at all levels of the business to all employees and new recruits are given specific training on what amounts to Modern Slavery, what our policy means and who to report any issues to. We encourage our employees to report any activity they believe to be unlawful and/or in breach of our policies and standards. Employees have the opportunity to inform the business of any concerns relating to potential risks or failures of our suppliers.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes CH & Co Catering Group Limited's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st December 2019.

Bill Toner
CEO
CH & Co Catering Group Limited
Date: 16th November 2020

Subsidiary companies of CH & Co Catering Group Limited which this statement applies to:

  • CH & Co Catering Limited
  • Chester Boyd Limited
  • Graison Limited
  • Turtle Soup Limited
  • Charlton House Unique Venues Limited
  • HCMGH Limited
  • Host Management Limited
  • Ensemble Combined Services Limited
  • Juice for Life Limited
  • Catermasters Contract Catering (Holding) Company Limited
  • Catermasters Contract Catering Limited
  • Bite Catering Limited
  • The In House Catering Company Limited
  • The Brookwood Partnership Limited
  • Absolutely Catering Limited
  • Absolutely Catering Partnership Limited
  • Absolutely Partnership Limited
  • Harbour and Jones Limited
  • Upfront Reception Services Limited
  • Principal Catering Consultants Limited
  • Concerto Group Holdings Limited
  • Concerto Group Limited
  • Concerto Events Limited
  • Mask UK Limited
  • Create Food Limited
  • Delfina Events Limited
  • Touch of Taste Limited
  • Business Pursuits Limited
  • Ultimate Experience Limited
  • Full Circle Performance and Production Limited (associate company, 50% owned)
  • Inspire Catering Scotland LLP (as of 28/02/2019)
  • Gather & Gather Limited (as of 06/09/2019)
  • Creativevents Limited (as of 06/09/2019)
  • Gather & Gather Ireland Limited (as of 06/09/2019)
  • Company of Cooks Ltd (as of 30/09/2019)
  • Public Restaurant Partner Limited (as of 30/09/2019)