Gü Indulgent Foods Limited is fully committed to upholding the terms of The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) which requires us to provide details of the actions that we have taken during the financial year to ensure modern slavery is not taking place within our organisation and our supply chains.
We are passionate about eradicating modern slavery and we firmly advocate for transparency and collaboration to eliminate the risks of modern slavery. This statement refers to the financial year ending 30th September 2020. It sets out the steps taken by us to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our own operations and supply chains. During the financial year ending 30th September 2020, Gü was operating as Noble Desserts Holdings Limited; an entity of Noble Foods Limited and became an independent company on 9th June 2021 with the new trading name of Gü Indulgent Foods Limited.
Gü Indulgent Foods Limited manufactures premium desserts for distribution in the UK and Europe. We are committed to preventing slavery, forced labour, harmful child labour and human trafficking in all our activities and require that our suppliers have the same commitment. As a responsible company we always strive to do the right thing. We have robust practices and policies in place to help us meet this objective and are committed to communicating openly and transparently with all stakeholders to ensure that our zero-tolerance stance is shared by everyone we work with.
Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
Our policies clearly state that we will not tolerate forced labour (including human trafficking) or child labour in our operations or any operations related to the supply of our products.
We conduct internal and external audits to ensure compliance and work proactively to identify modern slavery risks.
We will not knowingly use any individual or organisation to source and/or supply goods or workers using practices of forced labour or human trafficking for labour exploitation.
We will report any evidence or suspicion of cases of hidden third-party labour exploitation to the GLAA immediately.
Failure by managers and leaders of the Company, third party labour providers or organisations in the supply chain to act upon concerns of worker maltreatment, coercion or harassment will be regarded as a gross misconduct offence or breach of contract and will be managed accordingly through the relevant disciplinary or contractual termination processes.
We actively encourage all our colleagues to report any concerns that raise suspicions related to human trafficking, both inside our organisation and through the supply chain. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. In 2017 we introduced the Safe Call confidential and anonymous whistleblowing hotline.
We will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers using practices of forced labour, human trafficking for labour exploitation, payment for work-finding services or any work-related exploitation such as forced use of accommodation. We have in place the correct processes to confirm that workers are not subject to any of the above practices and will report any evidence or suspicion of cases of hidden third-party labour exploitation to the GLAA immediately.
We only use specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verify the practices of any new agency we use before accepting workers from them. Regular audits of a random selection of agency workers, regular audits of each agency as well as audits of new agencies beginning to supply us are part of the processes by which risks of slavery and human trafficking are addressed in relation to agency workers.
All agencies used for temporary labour in the manufacturing of our products are licensed by the GLAA. We actively check these and audit them on a regular basis.
Business Integrity Policy
Our Business Integrity Policy clearly communicates to colleagues the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing us. We strive to maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethical behaviour including when operating and managing our supply chain.
Risk Assessments and Audits
We expect our suppliers to operate to the same ethical standards that we employ ourselves. Gü Indulgent Foods is an A/B Member of Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).
Induction and Training
We provide information on “Hidden Labour Exploitation” during new starter inductions which includes how to identify and report potential cases of hidden third-party labour exploitation.
This statement was approved by the board of Gü Indulgent Foods for the financial year ending 30th September 2021.