Modern Slavery Statement

Richard Wellock and Sons Limited pledge to drive out acts of modern day slavery from its own business and from that of its supply chain. Our goal is to implement and improve practices to eliminate slavery and human trafficking wherever possible. The company understands our responsibilities and will strive to implement and enforce effective controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place either within our business or in any of our supply chains.

Our Business and Structure

We are a family owned independent wholesaler of chilled, frozen and ambient food and prepared vegetable products to customers who are; Hotels, Restaurants and Football stadiums. Our Head Office is in Nelson, Lancashire with distribution centres in Glasgow, Buckinghamshire and Gloucestershire.
As at year end October 2016 our turnover was £46.234m and we had 416 employees.

Our Supply Chain

This is comprised of farmers and producers, predominantly in the UK but we also source from Europe and around the world to fulfil customer requirements seasonally.

Prevention of slavery and human trafficking within our business.

All of our employees who work permanently or temporarily have to fulfil the UK right to work criteria before commencement of employment with us. We do-not use any agency or agency staff.
All employees are made aware of our whistle blowing policy which applies to all employees, contractors, suppliers and any other related people or organisations that the company has a relationship with.

We will work effectively to ensure that systems and controls are in place to ensure that we update and communicate our ethical and socially responsible trading policy which all our suppliers must support and follow, whilst balancing this with our supplier profile in so far as some of our niche suppliers will have limited resource.

We will be expanding our supplier audits to ensure our supply chain share our ethical values and are working with us to prevent any risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. The company will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

We will be undertaking training with our people to ensure that we as a business understand the risks within our business and of our supply chain and the protection of our people. We will protect anyone who reports to us any suspicions they may have of slavery and human trafficking in any part of our business or from within its supply chains.

The officers of the company shall take the responsibility for implementing this policy statement and its objectives and shall provide sufficient resource and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within or business or that of our supply chain.

I, Alistair Richard James Wellock, Managing Director approve this policy statement made pursuant to section 54(1) of the modern slavery Act 2015.