Modern Day Slavery Statement
Westland Horticulture Ltd (“Westland”) and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) are committed to the highest ethical standards. This extends to all aspects of our businesses activities including the manner in which we engage with each other, our staff, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Our reputation is based on achievement and attainment of these high standards. As a Group, we maintain relationships with many different organisations in our supply chain, as well as directly employing large numbers of people. Westland does not and will not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking both within the Group and within its supply chain. Prevention of exploitation associated with modern slavery and trafficking is of the highest priority. This statement is made in accordance with the requirements set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”).
This encompasses a statement of the steps we have taken, including those taken during the financial year, to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our supply chain or any aspect of our business.
Westland Horticulture was established in 1990 in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Since its early days of producing compost, Westland has grown in size and strength and is now one of the leading and fastest growing horticultural companies in the UK.
Employing over 500 staff across the UK, we are dedicated to creating sustainable value for our stakeholders and ensuring we provide an engaging culture in which our people can thrive and fulfil their potential. We acknowledge that our operations, directly and indirectly, impact all our partners in business and we will ensure that we maintain strong ethical working relationships at all times.
Our Group respects fundamental human rights and is committed to the principles set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code (“the Code”). The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. We support and respect the protection of human rights within our sphere of influence; in particular the effective elimination of compulsory labour and child labour. Our Ethical Trading Policy (“the Policy”) supports the content of the Code and governs all our business dealings.
The Group is engaged in global trade and we expect commitment to the principles set out in the Code from all organisations with which we do business and will not support or do business with any individual or organisation that is knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.
We reserve the right to terminate our relationship with individuals and organisations in our supply chain if found to be in breach of our Policy or any of the principles set out in the Code
Due Diligence and its effectiveness
Westland will assess its exposure to modern slavery as evidenced through the activities of human trafficking, child and forced labour in our supplier base and their supply chains. The first assessment carried out is limited to our immediate suppliers. We acknowledge that geography is the greatest factor affecting the likelihood that modern slavery will exist. Using the Global Slavery Index, as published by the Walk Free Foundation, we have focussed our attention on those countries in our supply chain that have been identified as at highest risk from modern slavery. We require suppliers in those countries to provide evidence that they have had a 3rd Party Ethical Audit conducted with an independent and globally accredited audit body. We will verify the result of said audit with the audit body in order to remove any doubt or uncertainty as to the genuineness of the audit report. Where a 3rd Party Ethical Audit has not been performed we will initiate this through our membership of Sedex. If any issues are identified during an audit, the supplier is required to prepare a corrective action plan that will resolve all violations within an agreed upon time period.
This method, combined with our procurement selection and supplier selection procedures and contracting standards has helped us to verify that our suppliers conform to the requirements as set out in the Modern Slavery Act, 2015.
Education and Training
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to relevant members of staff. All Directors have been briefed on this important policy. Managers at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with the relevant policies in place and are given proper advice and training where it may be relevant to their roles.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Westland Horticulture Ltd slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year ending August 2017.