Modern slavery statement - Macphie

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps that Macphie Ltd has taken and continues to take to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Macphie 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.

Our business

Macphie is the UK’s leading independent food ingredients manufacturer, and we have been producing premium quality food ingredients and solutions since 1928. The Macphie product range is used by bakers, chefs and food manufacturers worldwide.

We employ around 200 people over two sites and deal with over 250 suppliers directly. Our annual turnover is £55.7million. We are passionate about corporate social responsibility and sustainability, driving a number of initiatives to help the environment and local communities.

Our high risk areas

We use nearly 600 raw materials and acknowledge the inherent risks in sourcing these globally, for example sugar, cocoa and palm oil. We are a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange which is the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, used by more than 50,000 members in over 150 countries, and we regularly check relationships through this platform.

Our policies

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  1. Ethical trading and social accountability: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Dignity at work policy: we are committed to creating an environment of positive working relationships and this policy sets out standards of conduct to be observed and procedures to enable employees to raise concerns.

Our suppliers

Macphie 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.  In addition, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us:

  1. The steps they are taking to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place within their business, or any part of their supply chain
  2. Their acceptance of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, which includes the payment of relevant living wages, preclusion of child labour and lack of forced labour or excessive hours
  3. That they have – and supply us with – a copy of their ethical trading policy
  4. Whether they are a member of Sedex, the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains

We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.

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.

Approval for this statement

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 21 March, 2019

Name (Director)          Andy Stapley, Chief Executive Officer

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