Modern slavery, forced labour, human trafficking and exploitation impact workers across all aspects of our global supply chain and represent an unacceptable affront to human rights.
We are committed to playing an active role in tackling these issues and over the years we have continuously developed and improved our approach. Our vertically integrated structure gives us insight into the evolving risk of modern slavery offences in UK, enabling us to trial and share best practice with our suppliers. Collaboration, transparency and shared responsibility are key to engaging our suppliers, competitors and external stakeholders in the fight against modern slavery and remain the guiding principles on which our approach is founded.
To demonstrate our commitment to supporting suppliers through modern slavery cases, we have worked in collaboration with other retailers, British Retail Consortium, Stronger Together and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to develop the Retailer Protocol for Handling Reported Cases of Modern Slavery in the UK Supply Chain. The protocol establishes principles of good practice and a procedurefor retailers to follow when responding to reported cases of forced labour, human trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of modern slavery in their UK supply chain. Formalising our approach on this is key to improving reporting of incidents by our suppliers and enables protocol signatories to provide collaborative support.
Training and awareness continue to be at the forefront of our approach to identifying modern slavery and building the capacity to effectively manage incidents in a way that supports positive outcomes for victims. We provide a wide range of free training options for our suppliers through our support for a number of anti-slavery initiatives and also fund dedicated awareness training for UK farmers, delivered by experts from the GLAA. This is supported by internal training for employees in key roles and e-learning for manufacturing team leaders and supervisors that has been delivered to over 800 colleagues.
We also operate an externally provided whistleblowing hotline called “Tell Us” which is available to all suppliers, enabling them to raise concerns directly and anonymously to our head office Risk and Compliance teams, and we have several internal policies in place to enhance our commitment to operating ethically and ensuring that all our colleagues are treated with dignity and respect, including Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Right to Work, Respect in the Workplace and Whistleblowing. These policies are regularly updated and made available to all colleagues through our online “My Morri” platform.
To learn more about our approach to tackling Modern Slavery and Forced Labour within our business, please download our latest Modern Slavery Report , or take a look around the other sections of our Ethical Trading mini-site.