Modern Slavery Values

This statement has been published in accordance with section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
It sets out our modern slavery and human trafficking statement for Delifresh for the financial year ending May 2024.

Delifresh are a foodservice distributor of to the hotel & restaurant trade. Our supply chain includes the key product categories of Fresh produce, Diary, Frozen & Chilled food, Ambient food, Equipment & Disposables. Our Head office is in Bradford, which provides a central function for Customer service, Sales order processing, Accounts & Purchasing functions plus warehouse & distribution facility where customer’s orders are picked and distributed in the Yorkshire region. There are also additional warehouse and distribution sites in Cramlington, Widnes & Leamington Spa, which service other regions throughout the Uk.
The company sources 2,500 different food products & consumables from approximately 320 suppliers, who are based pre-dominantly in the UK & a select amount abroad.

Policy Statement
The company acknowledges responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will ensure transparency within the organisation and with suppliers of goods and services to the organisation.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically & with integrity in all our supplier and business relationships. The Company Directors and Senior Management shall take the responsibility for implementing this policy statement and its objectives and shall provide adequate resources (training etc) and investment to ensure compliance with all legal, moral and ethical obligations.

The Delifresh board of directors are committed to implementing and enforcing effective procedure to ensure there is no modern-day slavery and human trafficking within its supply chains.

Our People
Delifresh has strict HR policies and standards to ensure compliance with legislation and statutory rights at
work including freedom of association, dignity at work and prevention of discrimination throughout
employment. Delifresh checks the eligibility of its staff to work in the UK and we are a living wage employer at present across all sites. All employment policies are readily available to all colleagues through our online handbook, displayed on notice boards and included on staff inductions. Delifresh actively encourages its employees to report any activity they believe to be unlawful and/or in breach of policies and standards.
Our whistle blowing policy is located at points around all sites.

Training & Modern Slavery Prevention Aims for 2023.
Delifresh have developed a modern slavery policy and a supplier self-assessment questionnaire since requirement under the obligations of the Act. We have provided in house training on Modern slavery & undertaken risk assessments withing our business & supply chain.

Over the next 12 months we will develop the following steps
• Carry out a staff survey to gauge the level of modern slavery awareness.
• Provide further training to the entire workforce on Modern Slavery warning signs & policy training via our Air Mason training module.
• Re-train all Delifresh employees on our Whistle blowing policy.
• Review and improve our Ethical sourcing policy & strategy.
• Introduce KPI compliance levels for suppliers on completion of questionnaires.
• Improve our work with SEDEX and become a member of stronger together partnership.

This statement has been considered and approved by the company’s board of directors.

Mr Gerard Morgan
Technical & Compliance Director

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 to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Delifresh have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or our supply chain.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. 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 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, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment, and we may amend it at any time.

All directors and senior management team have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given any required training.

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control.
You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
You must notify your line manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue of suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or the supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chain constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with your line manager immediately.

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment because of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any part of our supply chain. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform your manager immediately.

Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chain will be given when required.
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.

Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.