Our commitment to tackling modern slavery

Our mission is to inspire people to love fish now and for generations to come. To achieve this, we believe in doing right by our planet, our partners and our people, whether they work as part of our internal team or are part of our supply chain.

We operate a policy of zero tolerance towards Modern Slavery. Not only because it is our legal obligation to do so, but because it is the right thing to do.

This is a responsibility that everyone here takes very seriously and we support this by our pro-active approach to risk analysis, buying policy, worker training and the provision of appropriate management policies and reporting channels throughout our business.

Our business and supply chains

We’re the largest manufacturer of value added fresh, chilled and frozen seafood products in the UK. Whilst we’re predominantly a seafood business, we also manufacture some added value and recipe meal products using other types of protein such as beef and chicken.

We have manufacturing sites in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, producing food products that carry the Young’s suite of brands as well as major multiple retailer own labels.

We procure raw materials from both domestic UK fisheries and fish farms as well as from overseas sources. We also buy non-fish raw materials, recipe ingredients, packaging items and a range of other goods and services.

Our policies and contractual controls

All raw materials, co-packed products, ingredients, packaging items, goods and services are procured by a central Procurement Department under the management of a board level director. We have a rigorous process which governs the award of all commercial contracts, sourcing from businesses that meet our strict commercial and technical standards. This includes a risk test for the likelihood of Modern Slavery within the supply chain.

Within our own manufacturing facilities, we have Human Resource policies on Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation and Whistleblowing. These policies apply to all our employees.

Due diligence and audits of our suppliers and supply chain

We are a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). So that we can conduct effective risk analysis of our supply chains, all our suppliers are required to register themselves onto the Sedex system and to allow us to see their audit results and self-assessment details.

Our suppliers are assessed in terms of their vulnerability to hidden labour exploitation. Members of the our commercial and technical teams (or our appointed and approved representatives) visit our suppliers on a regular basis and audits are carried out in accordance with a schedule based on risk.

Some supply chains are externally audited against third party standards which include an assessment of the ethical treatment of labour. For example, we source aquaculture products from supply chains certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the Global Aquaculture Alliance and 100% of our palm oil (and palm derivatives) comes from suppliers certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) scheme.

Our key performance indicators

With a seat on the Oversight Board of the new Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) since its inception, we have been active in the development and roll-out of the scheme and are committed that all of our UK supply chains will be RFS certified by the end of 2017. We’re also working to assist the roll-out of the RFS scheme into international fisheries and we expect that these supply chains will also be RFS certified or certified to an equivalent social standard by the end of 2021.

Our anti-slavery training

In order to raise awareness within our own business, those responsible for labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes have ‘Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation’ training.

Courses attended by our personnel in the last 12 months include: the Seafish Modern Slavery Workshop, the Home Office Modern Slavery Workshop and the Stronger Together Workshop, which we hosted at our Grimsby site.

All our first line managers and all workers (whether Young’s Seafood employees or agency workers) go through our business induction courses and internal training schedules.

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