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 2018.
This statement covers all the businesses and brands within CH & Co Catering Group Limited, which includes the recently merged businesses Concerto Group Ltd and Harbour and Jones Ltd and their associated brands Ultimate Events, Fare, Tonic, Upfront Services, Fare of London and Principals. Our ultimate Parent Company is CH & Co Catering Group (Holdings) Ltd ('CH & Co Group') whose head office is in England. CH & Co Group has over 6,000 employees and operates from more than 700 sites in the UK, across the business and industry, healthcare, education, and public catering sectors. We are a provider of catering services in the hospitality sector.
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 Concerto Group Ltd and Harbour & Jones Ltd in to the Group, 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 enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain or within our business.
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking which also applies to its dealings with other 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.
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 whole supply chain and to review suppliers' policies and processes. We are reviewing those results and taking the necessary steps to identify any residual risk and engage with such suppliers who require further diligence in relation to their slavery and human trafficking risks within their supply chain. This exercise will ensure our suppliers are compliant with the requirements of the Act as they apply to the size of each suppliers' business.
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 and 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.