Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

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 2017 to detect, prevent, and mitigate acts of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within its business and supply chains. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity by developing effective systems and controls to identify and address the risks of modern slavery.

 

Business Organisation, Structure and Supply Chains

LDH is an importer and distributer of ambient grocery food products, packed seasonally and throughout the year, to 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 and Procedures

We recognise that modern slavery risks exist in some of our supply chains and have therefore taken practical steps to identify and address these risks.

LDH has been a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) since 2007 and required production sites to upload information through the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ). This database provides visibility of our suppliers’ ethical performance, policies and processes. SMETA audits are conducted at sites on a risk basis as determined by customer policy, or LDH’s Ethical Trading Policy.

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

 

Supply Chain Due Diligence

Open and transparent relationships with our suppliers are essential to know, understand, and improve working conditions in our supply chains. Supplier selection is completed with a view to forming long-term partnerships with frequent communication, both remotely and on-site.

All supplying manufacturing sites are subject to food safety due diligence audits, at a frequency defined by risk. Taking advantage of having Technical and Commercial colleagues frequently visiting supplier sites, we cover a number of ethical criteria during these visits and are keen to strengthen and broaden this approach. Ethical performance is included as part of the annual supplier review, which then generates the supplier audit schedule.

To better understand our supply chains beyond the tier one manufacturing sites, supply chain mapping has been completed 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. This process will be the focus for review and update during the course of 2018.

LDH complements our supplier knowledge with assessments using the Food Network for Ethical Trade (FNET) risk tool. Through industry initiatives, such as FNET, we collaborate with our customers, shareholders, suppliers and industry colleagues to share knowledge and work together to reduce the risk of modern slavery.

 

Performance Indicators

To date, LDH has primarily used Sedex to understand and monitor supplier ethical progress and performance, through self-assessment questionnaires and SMETA audits. The latter give a full understanding of whether the supplier is in compliance with national labour legislation, and the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code.

  

Training and Capacity Building

A training programme for relevant staff has been developed, aimed at increasing capabilities for detecting modern slavery during technical supplier audits, which will complement the work already being done through SMETA audits.

In recognition of the complex nature of ethical issues and the necessity to take a pro-active approach, LDH has invested in additional resource to evolve and strengthen our approach against modern slavery throughout our supply chains and where possible back to raw material source.

 

Statement Approval

This statement has been considered and approved by the Board of Directors as of 30 June 2018.