At Gü Indulgent Foods, we are committed to promoting ethical business practices. We recognise the heightened risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within the food industry and are working to establish appropriate structures and principles to safeguard the welfare of those who contribute to our business. This policy outlines our approach to identifying and addressing any potential risks associated with modern slavery, including the steps we take to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the "Act"), fulfilling our ethical responsibility to protect human rights.
We firmly believe that all individuals deserve fair treatment, respect, and dignity, and we expect the same commitment from our suppliers and business partners. As part of our commitment, we have implemented the following steps to address modern slavery:
To ensure we’re protecting the people who work at our site. We have a whistleblowing policy, an anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy and a grievance support policy in place. We also have a diversity, equality and inclusion Policy. These remain accessible to all employees at all times. We continuously review and update our policies and practices to align with changes in legislation and industry best practices.
Periodic risk assessments help us identify and evaluate potential modern slavery risks within our business and our supply chain. These assessments include an evaluation of our suppliers' actions in combating modern slavery. Gü Indulgent Foods is an AB Member of Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).
Training and Awareness:
We provide training and awareness during employees' induction to promote an understanding of modern slavery risks, signs, and reporting mechanisms. Specialised training for individuals in departments closely associated with potential risks will be rolled out in 2023.
Reporting and Whistleblowing:
We encourage all employees, suppliers, and stakeholders to report any concerns related to modern slavery through our confidential reporting channel, ‘Safe call’. All reports will be treated confidentially and investigated promptly and impartially.
Supplier Due Diligence:
Before entering into any business relationship with suppliers, we conduct thorough due diligence to ensure their compliance with our standards and the Act. We assesses potential suppliers' commitment to human rights, labour practices, and ethical conduct as part of our supplier selection process via an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Audit.
We expect all our suppliers and business partners to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct, which explicitly prohibits modern slavery practices. Our Supplier Code of Conduct emphasises the following principles:
- a) No use of forced, bonded, or involuntary labour
- b) No use of child labour as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions
- c) Compliance with all applicable labour laws, including minimum wage regulations and working hours
- d) Provision of safe and hygienic working conditions
- e) Respect for the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
- f) Prohibition of any form of discrimination in employment.
We recognise the importance of our role in preventing modern slavery and human trafficking. We are dedicated to driving positive change within our organisation and supply chain, working collaboratively with our employees, suppliers, and stakeholders to uphold the principles of fairness, respect, and human rights. This Modern Slavery Act Statement reflects our commitment to transparency and accountability.
This constitutes as Gü Indulgent Foods statement for financial year ending September 2024. It has been approved by the board of Gü Indulgent Foods Limited on October 1st 2023.