LoveRaw 2018 MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
Our commitment to fighting modern slavery:
LoveRaw is a healthy food brand and we supply distributors and retailers in the UK as well as 21 countries. Our buying and production team in the UK source and buy raw materials and packaging for our 3 product ranges. LoveRaw’s range includes; Organic bars, Organic Food Boosters and Almond Drinks.
We believe in acting responsibly towards those in our supply chain; ensuring that workers rights are respected in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to meet our own objective of Ethical Trade.
The UN Guiding Principles require businesses to address actual and potential adverse human rights impacts, prioritising those that are most severe or where a delayed response would make them irremediable. Forced and trafficked labour is one of the most adverse human rights impacts, and this has been reflected in the increase in, and revision of regulation that attempts to address the issue, including: the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, EU regulations on reporting, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, and the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour.
LoveRaw operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
- Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of the whistleblowers.
- Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
- Purchasing Code - we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.
LoveRaw conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:
- They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour.
- Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work.
- They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment.
- They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment.
LoveRaw encourages awareness and training of the signs of Human Trafficking such as;
- Various forms of modern slavery in which people can be held and exploited
- The size of the problem and the risk to our organisation
- How employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking, including unrealistically low prices
- How employees should respond if they suspect slavery or human trafficking
- How suppliers can escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant people within their own organisation
What external help is available for the victims of slavery
- What terms and guidance should be provided to suppliers in relation to slavery policies and controls
LoveRaw expects sub-contracted suppliers to;
- Complete mandatory training & awareness of human trafficking and ethics in the workplace.
This statement covers 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 and has been approved by the board of LoveRaw at the board meeting on 1st April 2018.
Signed: Rimi Date: 1st April 2018