This statement outlines Coffee Republic’s approach to tackling slavery and human trafficking where it can, following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’).
Coffee Republic is a coffee bar provider operating within public buildings, client premises and on the high street. Our focus is to provide the finest quality barista style drinks along with freshly prepared delicious food. We work with a large number of partners, stakeholders and suppliers and recognise that every entity in our supply chain has a duty to respect human rights.
In response to the Act Coffee Republic takes our responsibility as a business to prevent slavery and human trafficking extremely seriously. We have a zero tolerance approach to all forms of slavery both within our own operations and across our supply chain.
OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
We recognise the importance of maintaining both visibility and transparency within our supply chain in order to continue to protect those who work within it from potential abuse and exploitation and to this end, we take great care in selecting the companies who supply us.
We remain committed to eradicating slavery and human trafficking through a combination of risk assessment, collaborative programmes, policies and activities which help us mitigate and manage the risk.
STEPS TAKEN BY COFFEE REPUBLIC TO DATE
Coffee Republic respects and adheres to internationally recognised human rights principles and in particular the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. This Code contains the following nine clauses which are founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation and are an internationally recognised code of labour practice:
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour shall not be used
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practiced
- Regular employment is provided
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Coffee Republic is committed to ensuring that all of its dealings with suppliers are conducted in line with such ethical and responsible trading requirements.
Coffee Republic has adopted the following policies to the identification of modern slavery risks to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
- Responsible Sourcing Policy
- Human Rights Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- CSR Policy
- Employee Code of Conduct
- Supplier Code of Conduct
DUE DILIGENCE ON AND WORKING WITH OUR SUPPLIERS
Suppliers are expected to update the information provided during the on-boarding process on an annual basis for further review and approval by the supply chain team. This annual review process is to be extended to all existing suppliers to ensure that our due diligence remains up to date and relevant.
All suppliers are expected to acknowledge and commit to comply with:
a) our Responsible Sourcing and Ethical Trading Policy which sets out our standards in relation to ethical trading; and
b) our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Supplier Sign-Off which relates more specifically to the Modern Slavery Act.
We maintain regular dialogue with our suppliers to ensure that they understand and implement our high standards and they continue to comply with local legislation and regulations. Our process also allows us to determine which suppliers are most at risk for responsible sourcing challenges and, for those high risk suppliers, we will prioritise a site audit. Following a site audit, we will notify the supplier of any remedial action required. We will only continue to trade with those suppliers who fully comply with our Responsible Sourcing and Ethical Trading Policy and our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Supplier Sign-Off or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.
Our target is to ensure that 100% of our suppliers have agreed to our Responsible Sourcing and Ethical Trading Policy and our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Supplier Sign-Off. We see it as our responsibility to work with our suppliers to achieve 100% compliance, and if non-compliance or refusal to adhere is presented, we will work to find suitable, compliant, alternatives.
We recognise that to achieve the successful implementation of any anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking policy it is vital to train and raise awareness with those employees who have the potential to come in to contact with suppliers on a regular basis. Our focus will be to continue to help the business to identify any potential risks or failures thereby driving ever greater compliance with our high standards.
This statement has been approved by Coffee Republic’s Board of Directors. Coffee Republic intends to review and update this statement as necessary on an annual basis.