In March 2015, the UK government introduced the Modern Slavery Act to try and tackle the issues of people trafficking and slavery.
Modern slavery is occurring across the world, with the agricultural industry proven to be an area of high risk. It is important that we play our part to ensure our business and supply chains are free from it.
We educate our people about the realities of modern slavery, providing clear guidance on how to spot signs of forced labour and how they can raise their concerns. Our Modern Slavery video is used at our induction and team training events. You can watch our video here.
We have focused on working collaboratively with our suppliers to understand the country of origin of the feed materials we purchase and have now identified all possible countries of origin for over 95% of our materials compared to 10% two years ago. We purchase 3,140 different ingredients from over 1,100 suppliers, who source from 82 countries.
Each of our AB Agri manufacturing businesses, excluding China that will be assessed next year, now has a high-risk supplier mitigation plan that will be initiated in the coming year. With potentially the highest ethical risk supply chain, our Premier Nutrition business is piloting this process.
To ensure our own operations meet ethical best practice, we use the globally recognised Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) approach to benchmark ourselves. We have completed 18 Sedex self-assessments around the world. This includes all 15 UK sites as well as our factories in Denmark, Spain and China.
For more information about the steps 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.