MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This is a statement under s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It relates to the business of Thatchers Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries Thatchers Cider Company Limited and Thatchers Myrtle Farm Limited (together “Thatchers Cider”), and is prepared for the financial year ending 31 August 2018. It describes the steps Thatchers Cider takes to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
Thatchers Cider is aware that modern slavery in all its forms, forced and child labour, servitude, slavery, human trafficking, and human exploitation, is a growing problem in the world. Thatchers Cider has a zero-tolerance approach to all aspects of modern slavery and has and continues to evolve practical steps and administrative policies and procedures to manage the risk of any aspect of modern slavery occurring in its business and supply chains.
Thatchers Cider has identified that the main risks of modern slavery in its business exist in:
– the growth and supply of apples for its juice requirements;
– the growth and supply of its sugar requirements;
– the manufacture or supply of point of sale materials, including clothing; and
– capital construction projects.
Thatchers Cider requires from its new suppliers and continues to collect from its existing suppliers, written undertakings of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and the provision of detailed, auditable information evidencing compliance.
Thatchers Cider is updating its terms of business with suppliers to include: (a) audit rights in respect of (i) information provided regarding compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and (ii) sites and working and employment conditions of workers; (b) direct Modern Slavery Act 2015 compliance obligations; and (c) obligations to rectify any compliance issues identified, whether by audit or otherwise.
Thatchers Cider has launched a ‘Growers Day’ where it brings its suppliers on-site to discuss and review a range of quality, logistics, and standards issues, including compliance with Modern Slavery Act 2015 requirements.
Within Thatchers Cider
Thatchers Cider owns or has farmed under contract approximately 1500 acres of fruit tree orchards in the United Kingdom. Thatchers Cider recognises that despite the use of modern mechanical harvesting, that within the agricultural sector the risk of worker exploitation exists, especially through the engagement of seasonal manual workers (including from overseas).
Thatchers Cider has reviewed the sources of farm labour, their working conditions, and terms of employment and has found no areas of concern which are suggestive of modern slavery or other exploitation.
Thatchers Cider intends to roll out appropriate training to its employees working in parts of the business where the risks of modern slavery are greatest, in order to increase the likelihood of any instances of modern slavery being identified and resolved.
Thatchers Cider operates a group-wide whistle-blowing policy available to employees and suppliers, encouraging the disclosure and resolution of modern slavery practices. Thatchers Cider monitors whistle-blowing reports received to identify any patterns which may require further investigation and/or remedial action.
The terms of reference of the Managing Director include modern slavery compliance. The Managing Director reports regularly to the Board on areas of concern and recommends appropriate action.
This statement is pending approval from the Board of Directors.
Martin Thatcher – Managing Director