Modern Slavery Statement
Here at the Ethical Food Company Ltd (EFC Ltd) we are specialist importers and suppliers of organic fresh produce. We source organic fresh produce from all over the globe, from New
Zealand and Americas to Europe, Africa and the UK, including organic top fruit, organic grape, organic citrus, organic stone fruit, organic avocado, organic soft fruit organic exotics.
We are committed to our social and environmental responsibilities and work to ensure those
people and communities who support our supply chains are treated fairly and their human rights are protected and respected.
We want to lead the way in terms of ethically sourced fresh produce and so interact and work with our growers, suppliers, customers, and consumers with full transparency.
We have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking.
To continually improve and ensure we are making ethical trading and human rights a reality for all every day we uphold the following commitments:
- Our senior management team is responsible and accountable for ensuring the commitment, policies, practices, risk assessments and due diligence relating to the eradication of Slavery and Human Trafficking are upheld and progressed within our global supply chains and within our business.
- We require our suppliers to sign an EFC General Technical Terms and Conditions and EFC Ethical Trade Policy. This prohibits the use of forced; bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labour; child labour; involuntary prison labour; slavery or trafficking of persons; discriminatory practice; unsafe or inhumane working conditions; unreasonable working hours and pay and suppression of collective bargaining, in line with the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.
- As committed members of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange). Our primary suppliers and high-risk suppliers are also SEDEX members and must complete a comprehensive self-assessment questionnaire capturing labour supply. EFC are actively involved in several collaborative ethical initiatives to support and advocate improved ethical practice across our supply chains, for instance FNET.
- Our high-risk suppliers undergo third-party ethical audits (SMETA, Siza, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and GRASP), at a frequency determined by the auditing body and our Ethical Trade and Human Rights Impact Risk Assessment. Additional workforce data is obtained for some suppliers relating to country-specific known ethical issues. Within our group we utilise a team of trained auditors, who visit supplying sites throughout our supply chain and support ethical requirements if deemed necessary.
- We recognise the importance of increasing modern slavery awareness within our business, amongst our staff. Our senior team have undertaken Modern Slavery awareness training and the induction for new employees includes a Modern Slavery induction with a Stronger Together video to raise awareness of modern slavery. We have an anonymous third-party whistleblowing line.
- EFC are committed to operating ethically, improving positive social and ethical impacts, and increasing ethical trade, human rights and modern slavery transparency across the supply chain. As such, we have identified the need for an updated Ethical Trade and Human Rights Strategy with clearly defined KPIs and impact metrics to ensure ongoing and continuous improvement. We are in the process of rolling out the new strategic framework alongside our Operating Ethically Strategy and will report on our progress in our next annual Modern Slavery statement.
- Our Ethical Trade and Human Rights Impact Risk Assessment maps threats and vulnerabilities within the supply chain in relation to known human rights, trafficking, modern slavery, and country governance. Risk data sources include FNET country risk ratings, SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), governmental data and industry-relevant assessments, ethical initiatives and reporting, and our own historical data.
Managing Director of Ethical Food Company Ltd approved this statement