This statement covers all the businesses and brands within CH & Co Catering Group Limited, whose head office is in England. CH & Co Group is a catering and hospitality provider with over 6,000 employees and operates more than 700 sites in the UK and Scotland, 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, Diary, Fresh Meat, BWS, Equipment & Disposables. With the recent merger of Inspire Catering Scotland LLP, the 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 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 intranet and the employee handbook) 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 supp ly chain and to review suppliers' policies and processes. To date we have reviewed and confirmed 95 of our core Supplie rs are compliant. 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.
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 Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the 'Act') to protect against modern slavery and human trafficking. These include carrying out checks of all right to work documentation. 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:
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 intranet and within our employee handbook 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 too . 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.