MODERN SLAVERY POLICY STATEMENT (Covers Period 1st June 2023 to 31st May 2024)
Kettle Produce Limited is committed to an ethical supply chain that is free from all forms of exploitation. We also commit to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation.
As a business we are aware of Modern Slavery risks and will commit to engage with and implement all the business requirements contained in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This will include taking measures for prevention, mitigation and, where appropriate, remediation of any incidences of modern slavery found in our business and in our supply chain.
Kettle Produce Limited was established in 1985 by two farming families from Fife, Scotland. They have a vast experience in vegetable production and have been growing in partnership since 1976.
There are now over 50 farmers growing in partnership with Kettle Produce Limited. They supply a range of products that support the four main categories of the business. They are roots, Brassicas, salads and prepared vegetables.
The supply of vegetables from Kettle Produce Limited isn’t confined to Scotland. In 2003, Kettle Produce Espana SL was formed as a joint venture based in Murcia, Spain. There are also several strategic partnerships with major growers in England, France, Spain and Portugal. In total there are over 6,000 hectares of crops grown across the UK and Continental Europe.
This policy covers our Production Sites as follows:
Balmalcolm Farm, Balmalcolm, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7TJ
Orkie Farm, Freuchie, Fife, KY15 7HT
Kettle Produce Espana SL, Autovia del Mediterraneo, Apido de carreas n 84, Las Fietas, Alhama de Murcia, Spain
Barrowcliffes, Hooton Street, Carlton Road Nottingham, NG£ 2NJ
This policy also covers all premises that Kettle Produce Limited staff audit in relations to its every day operations including third party suppliers and their associated Labour Providers
Kettle Produce Limited has a comprehensive range of policies and initiatives relating to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking:-
Our Ethical Trading and Human Rights Policies clearly describe our expectation that all workers should be treated fairly, whether they are employed directly, supplied via a Labour Provider (eg a temporary employment agency or a gangmaster) or working for one of our suppliers.
We have designated appropriate managers to attend “Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation” training and to have responsibility for developing and operating company procedures relevant to this issue.
We provide information on “Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation” to our workforce (through Workplace Posters and videos, Induction and Employee Handbook).
We have introduced training and awareness of the issue of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and it is included in all employee inductions and labour provider inductions prior to starting with the business.
As outlined in our Recruitment and Selection Policy, we ensure that labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes are under the control of trusted and competent staff members.
As covered in our Whistleblowing Policy, we encourage workers to report cases of hidden third party labour exploitation, provide the means to do so and investigate and act on reports appropriately.
We positively encourage and support employees and agency workers to report such exploitation which may be occurring within their communities. This is managed through engagement with all stakeholders and open discussion of any issues to gain employee and agency worker trust.
Supplier Adherence to our Values
We require labour providers and other organisations in the labour supply chain to adopt policies and procedures consistent with the above.
Human Rights Due Diligence
We carry out regular Ethical audits of our new and existing labour Providers and growers, including agency worker interviews to ensure compliance against the Ethical Trading Initiative base code and Modern Slavery Act 2015.
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:
Last 12 months
We have worked with our employees, suppliers and labour providers as well as other stakeholders to raise awareness of the potential issues.
Next 12 months
We will continue to work with our employees, suppliers, labour providers and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the potential issues and ensure that compliance with the legislation becomes the responsibility of managers in their respective departments.
Other initiatives include:
Susie J McIntyre
Kettle Produce Limited
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