Slavery and human trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.
We are a manufacturer of malt, primarily for the food and drink sector. Simpsons Malt is the parent company to trading arms McCreath Simpson & Prentice and David Guthrie. Simpsons Malt has its head office in Berwick-upon-Tweed and all trading outlets are in the UK.
Our business is organised into four business units: Managed Retail, Tenancy, Production / Distribution and Property.
Our supply chains
Our supply chain includes the sourcing of raw materials principally related to the provision of malt for the food and drink industries.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk –
Where possible we build long standing relationships with suppliers and farming customers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour;
With regards to national or international supply chains, our point contact is preferably with a UK company or branch and we expect these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes. We expect each entity in the food chain to, at least, adopt ‘one-up’ due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us (and every other participant in the chain) to have a direct relationship with all links in the food chain, ultimately to the field or utility generator.
We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
Supplier Adherence to our values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values.
The Tenancy, Commercial and Retail Directors are responsible for compliance in their respective departments and for their supplier relationships.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide relevant training and advice to members of staff and trading partners where necessary. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
Completion of House Audits by Area Managers and Business Development Managers;
Use of labour monitoring and payroll systems; and
Level of communication and personal contact with next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year