Modern Slavery Statement 2020

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Modern Slavery Statement 2020

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It is set to help guide and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.

Fullwood Packo Group Modern Slavery Statement 2020

This statement sets out Fullwood Packo Ltd.’s actions with regard to understanding all potential Modern Slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps aimed at ensuring no slavery or human trafficking occurs within its own business and/or its supply chains as far as can reasonably be known. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year ending 31 December 2019.

As part of the manufacturing Industry, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

Fullwood Packo is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. We know that slavery, forced labour and human trafficking (modern slavery) is a global and growing issue given the rapid rise in global migration, existing in every region of the world. No sector or industry can be considered immune or untainted.

Fullwood Packo has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery of any kind within our operation and supply chain. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Staff are expected to report any concerns, using the appropriate reporting channels, and management are expected to act upon them.

This statement covers the activities of Fullwood Packo Ltd. We have supplied the dairy industry with milking solutions, parallel and rotary parlours for over 90 years. Our solutions help farmers in more than 80 countries to maximise the productivity and profitability of their dairy business.

The organisation currently operates in the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • UK.

Responsibility for the organisation’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:

  • Policies: Fullwood Packo Policies and Procedure are controlled by the Group HR Departments
  • Risk assessments: Risk assessments are carried out by our Procurement Department. Supplier monitoring of goods and services purchased are conducted in the form of supplier questionnaires and site visits
  • Investigations/due diligence: All Fullwood Packo employees are responsible for due diligence within the workplace and supply chain. All reports of modern slavery will be fully investigated, and appropriate remedial actions taken. In the event of a breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, immediate termination of contracts with suppliers will occur pending a full investigation
  • Awareness: All departments will display posters and a helpline number related to tackling modern slavery. All employees are encouraged to report any concerns to the helpline number or the HR Department.

The organisation operates the following policies listed in the employee handbook, which detail its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

  • Whistleblowing policy: The organisation encourages all its workers, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities of the organisation or its supply chains. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers, or others who have concerns can contact either of the individuals named in our policy or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.
  • Employee code of conduct: The organisation’s code of conduct makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the organisation. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.
  • Suppliers code of conduct: The organisation is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest ethical standards. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe and appropriate working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. The organisation works with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code and improve their worker’s wellbeing
  • Recruitment/Agency workers: The organisation uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency
  • Fullwood Packo implements a Disabled Employee policy, Religion and Belief policy and procedure, and an Employment of foreign Workers policy and procedure:

Whistleblowing Policy.docx
Disabled Employees Policy.docx
Employment of Foreign Workers Policy and Procedure.docx
Supplier Code of Conduct Policy.doc

The organisation practices due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews existing suppliers. The organisation’s due diligence and reviews include broadly mapping the supply chain to assess products or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking. Fullwood Packo is committed to:

  • Conducting annual supplier assessments through supplier questionnaires
  • Implementing compliance through a Suppliers Code of Conduct
  • Being an active member of Sedex and ensuring that our suppliers are members of the Sedex Organisation.

The organisation has raised awareness of modern slavery by issuing posters to be displayed around the company’s sites in order to educate and inform all staff about this issue. These posters state the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and include the helpline number to call if they have any concerns.
Our Modern Slavery Statement will also be included in our employee handbook.

This statement was approved by the Group Managing Director, Marcel M.P. Probst on 30 June 2020. It will be reviewed and updated annually in accordance with publishing guidelines.

Marcel M.P. Probst                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Group Managing Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   30 June 2020