Modern Slavery Policy

For Financial Year 2019/20

Introduction

This statement has been published in accordance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps Lotus Flower Holdings and Wealmoor have taken during 2019/20 financial year to prevent Modern Slavery and human trafficking within both its UK and global business and supply chains.

 

This statement outlines how Wealmoor implemented a range of activities during this period to deliver on the targets set out in the previous Modern Slavery Statement and identifies the business priorities for 2020/21 financial year. This statement also outlines how the businesses wider approach to trading and human rights is key in identifying and addressing Modern Slavery.

 

As well as identifying risks, Wealmoor aim to identify where we can maximise our impact to provide positive benefits for People in our operations, supply chains and grower communities. Modern slavery is a complex issue to identify and address. It involves multiple challenges and hidden aspects that no organisation can tackle alone.  Labour exploitation is a spectrum ranging from Modern Slavery to decent work. 

 

At Wealmoor, the business believes that by focusing on providing decent work to reduce workers vulnerability to labour exploitation, they can help to prevent and tackle Modern Slavery. We work to continuously improve our policies, risk assessment, monitoring and reporting systems to understand and reduce worker vulnerability within our operations and supply chains. 

 

Wealmoor believe in long term, ethical, collaborative, sustainable end to end responsible relationships with all of our growers, customers and colleagues. This is reflected within the business purpose:

Our Purpose: 

“To be the UK’s most successful, ethical, collaborative and customer-focused fresh produce company”.

Definitions of Key Terms

We have produced this report to comply with UK law which requires all organisations with more than 250 employees to report on their gender pay gap each year. Definitions of key terms used are detailed below:

Bonded Labour

Where a person is forced to work and unable to leave because of a debt.

Decent Work

Work that is productive and delivers a fair income, workplace security, social protection, prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. It also offers equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.

Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code

An internationally recognised set of labour standards to drive improvements in working conditions. Working with our growers and others, we seek to ensure good working conditions in all of our operations  and supply value chains in line with this code and report to the ETI on progress against agreed targets each year.

Freedom of Association

The rights of workers (and employers) to form and join organisations of their own choosing. 

Human Rights Due Diligence Framework / Approach

An on-going risk management process used by a company to prevent,  identify and act on actual and potential risks for workers in its own operations, supply chains and the services it uses.

 

Living Wage

A wage that allows a worker to afford a decent standard of family living, with a little extra contingency

 

Modern Slavery

Exploitative situations that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception and/or abuse of power. 

Participatory Audits

Workplace assessments designed to understand working conditions at a particular work site. A participatory audit makes sure that workers on-site are fully involved in the assessment. 

The Wealmoor Way

Our collective Purpose, Mission and Values.

Performance Review

In 2018/19 we aimed to broaden our Modern Slavery programme, constantly improving it to increase its impact. The following table summarises our progress against our Modern Slavery initiatives which were stated within our 2018/19 statement:

The Wealmoor Business

 

Business Structure

Wealmoor, a family owned and managed global business established over 45 years ago with vertically integrated supply chains, recognised for its skill in managing a combination of owned and strategic partner farms. Responsible for  direct growing and sourcing development of end to end supply value chains for sub-tropical fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and ingredients, locally and globally.

Today we operate across more than 25 countries* and work with over 100 partnership growers* whilst employing over 4500 people* globally within our own local and global farming supply value chains. 

Wealmoor are today recognised as one of the leading fresh produce suppliers with an annual turnover of £166 million*, selling over 800* different products into more than 160* customers globally. Within the UK, Wealmoor are one of the top 2% employers, with employees located within their two packing facilities located in Greenford, Middlesex and Atherstone upon Stour, Warwickshire.

*Correct as of the end of the Wealmoor 2018/19 financial year (30th March 2019)

Products

The main product categories supplied by Wealmoor include:

 

  • Speciality Vegetables

  • Ingredients 

  • Herbs

  • Exotic Fruit

 

Products are sold into retailers, processing, food service and wholesale markets. Consumer channels include large and convenience stores, restaurants, food markets and online platforms.

Wealmoor in numbers

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