As an employer and provider if the goods and services for the customer, we have a role to play in the fight against slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (Modern Slavery). Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) has a desired zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind in our operations and supply chain. It is our responsibility to prevent and identify any exploitation and to influence and work together with suppliers and business partners to raise labour standards in our industry. Despite being a UK centric company component parts of the food we serve are sourced outside the UK and it is our responsibility to promote high standards of ethical behaviour across our supply chain in the food we buy and the services we procure.
We do not tolerate forced labour either within our business itself or within our supply chain. We expect our supply chain (whether direct suppliers or those that directly or indirectly supply our direct suppliers) to share the same values.
BRG is a significant player in the UK casual dining market, employing over 2,500 . Our brands include Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner, GBK, Carluccio’s, Fishworks, Cinnamon Collection Restaurants and Slim Chickens. As a responsible business, we recognise our responsibility to ensure that our business activities are guided by the careful balance of the interests of all our stakeholders. For this reason, the company has established environmental and social policies and procedures as well as programs that protect and sustain the environment, workers within our supply chain and restaurants, and our consumers.
We have reviewed our business and our supply chain. Neither we nor, to the best of our knowledge, our supply chain makes use of forced labour.
Supply chain purchasing model
Our product supply chains are extensive and global; we source over 1,000 products from more than 150 suppliers whose supply chains over 20 countries. We operate a centralised procurement model in which we have established strong relationships with food, service and non-food suppliers. We require all of our direct suppliers to work closely with their suppliers, distributers, agents and producers to promote total transparency and knowledge of the operations within our supply chain.
We have reviewed MSA statements published by our suppliers on use of forced labour to ensure that they in turn are taking what appears to us to be appropriate steps.
We have a rigorous process for assessing new suppliers on their technical capabilities and ethical credentials. We do not engage with business partners, including suppliers, who do not meet our high standards.
Key members of our procurement team have been trained to identify the risk of indicators of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains [and in the procurements process we may seek to impose contractual obligations on our suppliers under which they:
- warrant that their business and, to the best of their knowledge, their own supply chain do not use forced labour;
- agree to provide us on request with responses to a self-assessment questionnaire regarding use of forced labour and steps they have taken to ensure it is not used by them or their supply chain.
- agree to permit us and third parties acting for us to inspect their facilities, records and practices, to have access to their personnel and to audit their business for the purposes of ensuring that they comply with these obligations and that there is no use of forced labour.
- impose equivalent obligations on their own suppliers.
Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and ethical audits
All new suppliers to the business are required to register with and complete assessment’s within SEDEX. Following a review of the outcomes of these assessments ethical audits may be carried out. It is our policy that any suppliers who are deemed high risk, as identified by the SEDEX risk assessment score, undertake an audit within three months of being identified high risk. A preliminary desktop review of the suppliers has identified no high-risk suppliers to our business.
Al our employees are paid by bank transfer and we don’t allow payment to be made into third party bank accounts thus minimising the risk of forced compulsory labour. We do employ family members, however, where possible we avoid this being in a direct reporting relationship and where it is their line managers HR are aware and monitor the situation.
The relevant head of each business area such as Brand Managing Directors and heads of the procurement, legal, property, finance and IT teams have responsibility for their department’s compliance with our Responsible Sourcing Policy. All policies are approved by the CEO and Chairman annually.
Assessment of effectiveness in preventing Modern Slavery
We will continue to keep under review new risks as they emerge and carefully monitor new suppliers and business activities. We believe in continuous improvement in the prevention of Modern Slavery and we will continue to review our ethical trading programme annually to ensure it reflects best practise.
This statement was approved by the Board of Boparan Restaurant Group.