Modern slavery statement for financial year 2020 / 21
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Fram Farmers Ltd. has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Fram Farmers has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Fram Farmers provide the purchasing, grain marketing and administrative function for over 1400 farming businesses across the UK. We act as an extension to our members’ farm offices, with industry professionals purchasing and marketing our members’ core agricultural inputs and crop outputs. We purchase farming inputs from over 1000 UK based suppliers.
Our high risk areas
We do not consider that we purchase farming inputs from suppliers who pose a high risk of contravening the Modern Slavery Act 2015. From 1st April 2017 we have amended our terms and conditions of supply to include obligations on our suppliers to conform with the terms of the Act. We have alerted our employees to the Fram Farmers’ anti slavery policy and its importance.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Company Values. Our values explain the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Fram Farmers operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy. In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
We conduct training for our employees so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.