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Patisserie Holdings Plc
This statement sets out the steps that Patisserie Holdings Plc has taken during the financial year ended 30th September 2016 to ensure that modern day slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in our business or in any our supply chains.
This statement will be reviewed annually.
Patisserie Holdings Plc is committed to ethical and human rights principles. We are conducting ongoing due diligence of our supply chain to help combat slavery and human trafficking.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business. We will only work with suppliers who are equally taking active steps to combat modern slavery in their own supply chains. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
Organisational structure and activities
Patisserie Holdings Plc is a UK based high street retailer and is a listed business on AIM.
We operate over 170 stores nationwide, turning over in excess of £100m annually, under the following brands: Patisserie Valerie, Druckers Vienna Patisserie, Philpotts, Baker and Spice, and Flour Power City.
Due to the nature of our core product, fresh bakery goods, there is a complex internal supply chain; our goods are in the main UK and EU sourced. The head office is based in Hall Green in Birmingham, at the central bakery on Sarehole Road; there are 7 separate bakeries and a national distribution centre in Birmingham.
We employee over 2700 people.
Due Diligence and Communication
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
The Group Procurement Managerhas day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
Employees are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed to the Group Procurement Manager.
Our supply chain is predominantly UK and EU based and we expect these suppliers to have applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures; we do import a percentageof products from sources outside the UK and EU. These may potentially operate with an increased risk for slavery and human trafficking issues and the management control of these suppliers will be continually monitored.
Our buying team communicates our policy to all our suppliers and complete regular audits of our supply chain (risk assessments, questionnaires, and personal contact) to ascertain their understanding, compliance and set standard expectations.
Our business will not forge commercial relationships with any business knowingly involved with slavery or human trafficking.
We will expect all who have, or seek, a commercial relationship with Patisserie Holdings Plc, to familiarise themselves with The Modern Slavery Act and our anti-slavery values and act consistently within these.
We will provide training to relevant members of staff in procurement, marketing, and roles within the individual bakeries.
We will undertake Agency Worker employment audits on a yearly basis.
Our Supplier Policy on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Our attitude to modern slavery and human trafficking is zero tolerance and we expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values.
If a supplier is found to be demonstrating unacceptable practices they will be investigated and provided with guidance regarding immediate required improvements.
If no improvement is implemented or they indicate an unwillingness to cease unacceptable practices they will be reported to the appropriate authorities and ultimately trading with this supplier would cease.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 2 November 2016.
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