This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that A.K. Stoddart Limited has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. A.K. Stoddart Limited 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.
We are a leading, independent Scottish beef processing company recognised in the industry for exacting standards and all-round excellence. We enjoy a sizeable share of the Scottish beef cattle market. We guarantee a fully integrated supply chain and deliver best quality Scottish beef to a loyal, discerning customer base that receives the highest levels of service and support. We're independently owned, forward thinking, innovative and totally customer-focused. We supply multiple retailers and wholesalers, further manufacturers and food service companies with best quality beef to the specification they want. Most of our Beef is supplied into the UK Market, although we also export.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner.
A.K. Stoddart Limited 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. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery and on site audits which include a review of working conditions. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
We conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
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 23rd May 2017.