This statement is made on behalf of the board of Kavli UK with regards to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which requires large employers to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in its own business and its supply chain. The Act makes provisions about slavery, servitude and forced labour and about human trafficking, including provision for the protection of victims.
In accordance with the Act, this statement articulates our policies and practices around recognising and preventing human trafficking and slavery in the global supply chain.
ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE – KAVLI UK
The Kavli Group has been operating in international markets for more than 100 years. Today our products are present in more than 20 countries around the world. With products and product expertise from all the Kavli companies, the Kavli Group offers nutritious, quality food for consumers on all five continents of the world.
The UK was one of the early export markets for Kavli and its Primula Cheese brand was first sold in the UK in 1929. The first UK factory was opened in 1936 near to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and under the leadership of Knut Kavli, the UK business was established and is now situated on the Team Valley in Gateshead. In 1997 Kavli UK acquired the Castle MacLellan pate business located in Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland. In 2013 Kavli UK acquired the St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk business located in York. Kavli UK currently has 250 employees across its three sites and makes a range of food products including cheese spreads, snacks and dips under the Primula brand. Chilled pate is made under the Castle MacLellan brand and goats’ milk products under the St Helen’s Farm brand. Kavli UK also manufactures a range of private label products for UK supermarkets.
Kavli UK takes a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. We aim to educate our colleagues and supply chain by working closely with the Gangmasters Licencing Authority while keeping up to date with current legislation. Our Modern Slavery, Ethical and Dignity at Work policies have underpinned the basis of our statement.
Kavli UK ensures that our labour providers have a Gangmasters Licencing Authority licence and that they follow the provisions of the Gangmasters Licencing Act 2004, adhering to all of their standards protecting workers from poor treatment and exploitation. This includes working hours, training, terms and conditions, national minimum wage and transport ensuring that our labour providers meet basic safety and welfare standards.
As part of our due diligence, by the end of 2017, Kavli UK will incorporate a review of the controls put in place by our supply chain to establish, assess and monitor areas of potential risk, ensuring that they additionally provide adequate opportunity for whistle blowing.
Kavli UK will not maintain business relationships with any suppliers that we know violate the human rights of its own colleagues. Kavli UK will also undertake due diligence when considering contracting with new suppliers.
AREAS OF RISK
By the end of 2017 we will review our supply chain protocols and will be introducing specific measures to ensure that our obligations under the Act are passed through our supply chain ensuring risk areas are documented, monitored and taken into consideration in any future contact renewals.
Kavli UK is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and all Kavli UK businesses are regularly audited by third parties who publish our results so that they are visible to our customers and suppliers.
Kavli UK is not aware that any of our supply chain businesses have been identified as being at risk of incidents of forced or compulsory labour. Nor is Kavli UK aware of incidents of child labour being used. We have not received any human rights-related grievances in relation to our business or those of our supply chain.
Kavli UK will conduct a supply chain evaluation to identify any specific risks in relation to modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain.
All HR Officers within Kavli UK have undergone Stronger Together training. Stronger Together is a UK multi-stakeholder collaboration between supermarkets, the Association of Labour Providers and the Gangmasters Licencing Authority. Kavli UK has embraced the Stronger Together programme across all our UK sites. Kavli UK will educate our colleagues to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain through incorporating the Stronger Together video training package as part of our induction procedures.
We will encourage our colleagues to identify and report any potential breaches of Kavli UK’s Modern Slavery Policy and have mechanisms to increase visibility of issues through the Stronger Together hotline and our own confidential colleague “Whistle B” website. Colleagues will be made aware of the stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate it
from our business and supply chain.
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Kavli UK’s Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year 2016/2017.