Indigo Food Group Limited - Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2018
This statement has been published in accordance with section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by all companies within the Indigo Food Group (IFG) during the financial year ending 31st January 2018 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
Indigo Food Group Limited is the holding company of BM Foods Limited and Winning Blend Limited T/A The Welsh Pantry. Whilst there are other companies within the group these currently do not have any employees or supply goods.
BM Foods Limited was established in 2002 and remains 100% privately owned. The business specialises in the processing of cooked meats. It is based in Avonmouth, Bristol.
The business currently operates over twenty four hours a day five days a week, dispatching goods to customers over the UK with our own transport fleet seven days a week. The number of staff currently employed in the business is approximately 225, with minimal use of temporary agency workers.
Winning Blend Limited was established in 1988 and purchased by the Indigo Food Group in 2010. The business has a strong heritage in manufacturing high quality Pies, Savoury Pastries (Sausage Rolls, Pasties, Slices), Ready Meals and Quiche.
The business currently operates from a 100,000 sq. ft. unit in LLantrisant, R.C.T and currently employees approximately 170 people. The use of temporary agency workers is approximately 2000 hours per week.
Our Supply Chains
At the end of the last financial year (31/01/2018) IFG had approximately 550 suppliers who we purchased products from. Incoming products range from meats to packaging. Purchases are made from within and outside of the UK.
At this stage we do not fully understand the extent of our supply chains with respect to slavery as we have not started the mapping process but this will be completed within the next financial year. It is anticipated that in most instances where we purchase products there will be a few tiers in the chain before the products reach us.
Further to the above we use a number of agencies for temporary workers. It is our aim to ensure that we have copies of their slavery and human trafficking statements before the end of the current financial year.
IFG has various company policies and procedures in place to further our commitment to tackling modern day slavery, these include equal opportunities, grievance and whistleblowing policies which can be found in the employee handbooks.
Due Diligence Process
We intend to put in place a number of new and improved systems to identify and mitigate risk in regards to slavery and human trafficking these include –
- Map our supply chain to identify and assess potential risk areas.
- Creation and issue of supplier approval questionnaire which contains ethical trading questions. This will allow us to gain further information on our suppliers both current and new.
- Carry out audits of temporary worker providers to assess their ethical and legal compliance.
- Promote the company whistleblowing policy and the HR confidential contact details for employees to report any ethical concerns including modern slavery or human trafficking.
Training and Communication
We intend to look into training for the senior management team to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking both within our business and our supply chain.
A copy of this statement is to be published on all company websites and will be issued to all suppliers used by the business.
Endorsement of this Statement