Modern Slavery Statement

Karro, as a leading UK manufacturer welcomes the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of all workers and the provision of a safe and supportive working environment.

Karro complies with the applicable employment laws and our obligation is to ensure fairness in the hiring and advancement of all colleagues, both permanent and temporary without discrimination. All colleagues accept their personal responsibility for maintaining a respectful work atmosphere, which does not tolerate any form of abusive or unprofessional conduct – this position is underlined through the active implementation of our employment policies and all employees are committed to ensuring that the working environment is one of respect and dignity for all.

We also require the same commitment to the treatment of workers from all organisations with which we do business and will not support or do business knowingly with any organisation involved in slavery or human trafficking. Karro recognises there is scope for slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain and through questioning and audit of suppliers responds to this risk.

This statement sets out Karro’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st January 2016 to 31st Dec 2016.

All our HR managers have undertaken training highlighting the potential sources of modern slavery and human trafficking, and they have the responsibility for developing and operating our control and audit procedures to ensure the absence of slavery and human trafficking practices within our facilities.

Karro encourages all of its colleagues to report any concerns about the treatment of colleagues or the operation of the business through the confidentially operated whistleblowing line operated at all locations across the business. The company’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, on an anonymous basis and with full reassurance of no repercussions.

Employee Conduct
The company handbook, employment policies and terms and conditions make it clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the company. The company strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour.

Supplier Code of Conduct
Karro is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to continually demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. The company risk assesses and works with suppliers to ensure that they meet these standards and ensure safe and acceptable working conditions, through questioning and audit.

Recruitment/Agency workers
Karro partners only with specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency. Karro only agrees contracts with UK agency labour providers that are GLA registered. Labour suppliers and their practices are regularly audited directly by ourselves, our customers and through accredited independent audit which we voluntarily assign to each of our facilities to due-diligence check our own practices.

Board approval
This statement has been approved by the organisation’s board of directors who will review and update it annually.

Seamus Carr
COO – Karro Food Group Ltd