Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

2016/17 Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This statement has been prepared in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps taken by LDH (La Doria) Ltd. during the financial year ending 31st December 2016 to prevent acts of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within its business and supply chains.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. LDH (La Doria) Ltd has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity, providing transparency throughout our business and to developing effective systems and controls to identify and combat the risks of modern slavery within the business and our supply chains.

Business Organisation, Structure and Supply Chains

LDH (La Doria) Ltd is an importer and distributer of ambient grocery food products, packed seasonally and throughout the year, to the UK retail, foodservice and manufacturing sectors.

The company ownership encompasses a small number of shareholders; Gruppo La Doria S.p.A, Thai Union Group PCL, Pastificio Di Martino Gaetano & Fili S.p.A, and LDH company directors.

The majority of products are sourced from outside the United Kingdom with a global manufacturing supply base currently extending to more than 25 countries. Over 60% of the company turnover comes from products supplied by shareholders and the rest from partner suppliers with whom most we have long standing relationships.

Further information regarding company shareholders can be found at https://www.ldhltd.com/company/

Company Policies

The Company is committed to driving out acts of modern day slavery and human trafficking within its business and supply chains, including sub- contractors and partners

The Company employee handbook encompasses policies that confirm a commitment to act ethically and with integrity throughout the business.

Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Due Diligence

We recognise the importance of building open and transparent relationships with our suppliers and knowing and understanding our supply chains. Supplier selection is completed with a view to forming long-term partnerships where tier one suppliers are visited frequently by both technical and commercial teams.

All supplying manufacturing sites are subject to food safety due diligence audits, at a frequency defined by risk, which include an assessment of ethical compliance. Ethical performance is included as part of the annual supplier review, which then generates the supplier audit schedule.

LDH (La Doria) Ltd is a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) and require all our supplying manufacturing sites to be members, linked to LDH, ensuring visibility of audits and relevant information.

To better understand our supply chains beyond the tier one manufacturing sites, supply chain mapping has been competed for our core commodity lines. A risk assessment has been applied to each stage of the supply chain and where areas of potential risk have been identified, action has been taken in the form of intelligence gathering, ethical audits and visits, and participation in supplier led projects.

Performance Indicators

The following areas are regularly reviewed and used as performance Indicators to measure our effectiveness in identifying and combatting the risks of modern slavery within the business and our supply chains:

  • Sedex registrations, SAQ completion, ethical audits scheduled and completed, critical and major issues raised with successful close out.
  • Completion of supply chain mapping for high risk raw materials
  • Supplier audits, reports and non-conformance close out.
  • Internal audits

Training and Capacity Building

Relevant training and development is completed for all personnel employed by the company. Specific training on Modern Slavery has been conducted through attendance at ‘Stronger Together’ workshops and through participation in industry conferences, seminars and working groups.

LDH (La Doria) Ltd are committed to continuous improvement and have captured capacity building within our Responsible Sourcing Strategy, In recognition of the complex nature of ethical issues and the necessity to take a pro-active approach, we intend to evolve and strengthen our position on Modern Slavery through the development of skills, processes and resources within our organisation.

To aid in the continued risk assessment of our supply chains, the company has joined FNET (Food Industry Network for Ethical Trade).

Statement Approval

This statement has been considered and approved by the Board of Directors on 16 June 2017.