Due to the use of manual labour and the seasonal nature of many of its products , the agricultural sector uses high numbers of migrant and/or temporary workers. This more casual working arrangement brings with it an increased risk of incidents of modern slavery, where workers are deprived of their freedom and exploited for personal or commercial gain.
Our business has regular contact with farmers so, this year, we have sought to enable our people to recognise and respond to potential cases of modern slavery. We have trained transport managers, commercial teams and almost 200 delivery drivers, who visit over a thousand farms across the UK every year.
The training ensures our teams fully understand the possible signs of modern slavery and know how to report any concerns they have. If anyone suspects there is a modern slavery issue at one of our own sites, or at a customer’s or supplier’s site, they are urged to make their line manager aware. They will then report it to our AB Agri Risk Manager to ensure appropriate action is taken. We have publicised the Modern Slavery helpline number and printed it onto cards and encourage our people to keep it with them.
For further information about the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business, please view our Modern Slavery Statement.