Modern Slavery Statement
Harrison Catering Services Limited
(Financial Year ending March 2021)
We are committed to providing a high standard of ethical conduct within our business. We take our responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2010 (“the Act”) very seriously. This statement outlines the steps we have taken and plan to take to ensure that slavery and human trafficking have no home within any part of our business or supply chain.
2. Organisation structure and supply chains
We are a family led, award winning business providing catering services to schools and industry. All of the company’s offices and service outlets are in the UK. The company has an annual turnover in excess of the £36m threshold.
We are committed to working with our suppliers to build greater transparency. We are committed to acting ethically and we expect the same from our suppliers. We have a dedicated Purchasing Manager who oversees all purchase relationships.
As a minimum we require our suppliers to commit to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and the Company’s policies, including as a minimum meeting the standards set out in our Purchasing Policy. Furthermore, suppliers are subject to our due diligence checks – further details are set out below. In addition to this, as supplier agreements have come up for renewal, we have reviewed and/or inserted comprehensive anti-slavery clauses into our agreements.
3. Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
We remain committed to minimising the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or any part of our business. Our policies include:
• Purchasing Policy
• Safer Recruitment Policy
• Equal Opportunities Policy
• Eligibility to Work Policy
• Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy
These policies are reviewed and updated as and when required.
4. Due diligence processes
Within our business:
We have strict HR policies and standards to ensure compliance with legislation, including Right to Work, Barred List check, safeguarding awareness, enhanced DBS checks for those candidates working with children and vulnerable adults and reference checks for all employees.
During this period, we continued to build upon our compliance processes with our preferred agency worker suppliers. We will continue to review and repeat this process to maintain compliance.
Should any existing suppliers fail to meet our standards as set out in the Act or our Purchasing Policy, and such a situation is not rectified within a reasonable timeframe, this may result in terminating the relationship with the supplier.
If a potential new supplier does not meet the standards as set out in our Purchasing Policy, they shall not become a supplier until we receive confirmation that this is rectified.
5. Risk Assessment and Management
Our risk assessment concluded that the main areas of risk of Modern Slavery are in our supply chain and potentially with certain members of staff. Training has taken place to ensure that relevant members of staff are aware of Modern Slavery, how to identify it and what to do if they suspect modern slavery.
6. Training on modern slavery and trafficking
During this period, we provided training to new key managers and staff who had been unable to attend the Modern Slavery training previously. Guidance notes were issued to attendees. Training included:
• An introduction to the Act
• The prevalence of modern slavery • Types of modern slavery
• Who can be affected by modern slavery
• Warning signs to look out for
• What to do if you suspect modern slavery
Further training is scheduled, in the next financial year, in our new Harrison Learning Hub. The Harrison Learning Hub resource will be a mandatory requirement for both new and current relevant members of staff. There will be a requirement for all Site Managers and those involved in our purchasing processes to complete a Modern Slavery module on the Harrison Learning Hub.
We shall continue to review, audit and develop our supply chain due diligence and risk assessment to ensure a robust approach to supply chain risks. We will continue to make efforts to identify any significant risks in our business and supply chain and implement any actions appropriate or necessary directly with suppliers.
The Harrison Learning Hub is due to be rolled out in the next financial year. This will help relevant staff to identify potential incidents of modern slavery within any area of our business and provide a record that the training has been completed.
Approval by the Board
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Act and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2021. This statement was unanimously approved by our Board of Directors on 28 September 2021.
This statement shall be reviewed by our Board of Directors on a regular basis (at least annually) and may be amended from time to time.
Joint Managing Director
28 September 2021
Joint Managing Director
28 September 2021