Modern Slavery Act 2015
Slavery and human trafficking statement
Berry Bros. & Rudd is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Berry Bros. & Rudd has and continues to take to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chain. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour.
Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same premises since 1698. Today the company also has a wine school and exclusive fine wine and dining venues. We are the parent company of the Berry Bros. & Rudd group (Group). The Group has over 350 employees worldwide and operates in the UK, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. We are honoured to hold two Royal Warrants for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Members of the Berry and Rudd families continue to own and manage the family-run wine merchant. Berry Bros. & Rudd's principal business activities consist of the following:
- Wine and sourcing: Berry Bros. & Rudd buys wines from third party suppliers in the UK and around the world.
- Marketing and sales: Berry Bros. & Rudd markets and sells its products via its own dedicated marketing and sales teams and through appointed distributors and agents.
PLANNING HOW WE ASSESS & MANAGE RISK
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we are in the process of implementing systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Monitor the potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Protect whistle blowers.
OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Berry Bros. & Rudd has made a commitment to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking across its supply chain process or throughout any part of our business. Our internal policies illustrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains:
- Anti -slavery policy: a supplier manual will include a section on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to enforce our commitment as well as iterate our requirement for suppliers to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking. All new contractual clauses will be updated to specifically refer to anti-slavery and human trafficking laws.
- Recruitment policy: this will ensure Berry Bros. & Rudd conducts robust checks on any new employee including eligibility to work in the UK to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chains, Berry Bros. & Rudd provides appropriate training to its staff.
EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATING SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
In order to assess the effectiveness of the measures we take, we will review the appropriate key performance indicators and report on these in future statements.
APPROVAL OF STATEMENT
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors on 7th November 2018 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2018/19. This statement will be reviewed on an annual basis and will be updated if necessary.
Name: Dan Jago
Position: Chief Executive
Date: 7th November 2018