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Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction


This statement sets out Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. The organisation is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. 


Scope of Statement


This statement covers the activities of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd including three production and seven farming sites.
The company currently operates both farming and production facilities within the United Kingdom.
Responsibility for the organisations anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:-
•    Modern Slavery statement update: The Board of Directors are responsible for ensuring the statement is up to date, and accurately reflects the organisations actions and initiatives to tackle slavery and human trafficking;
•    Policies: The HR Team are responsible for introducing policies and reviewing the process by which they are developed;
•    Training: The HR team have participated in Stronger Together workshops and drawn on the resource to cascade information throughout the organisation. They are responsible for facilitating training to the wider business. 

Relevant Policies 


The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations: 
•    Ethical Policy: The organisation’s ethical policy demonstrates the company’s commitment to being fair and just in dealings, contracts, and agreements with employees, agency workers, contracted workers, suppliers and customers. 

•    The Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation Policy: This policy sets out our commitment to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation and providing all employees and workers with the support and appropriate channels to raise concern. 


Due Diligence 


The organisation undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The organisation’s due diligence and reviews include: 
•    Mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
•    Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier; 
•    Reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping and supplier approval and monitoring procedure;
•    Using Sedex, where suppliers can be checked for their labour standards, compliance in general, and modern slavery and human trafficking in particular. Suppliers are requested to be on Sedex and provide a link to their Ethical SAQ;
•    Invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship.

Training


The organisation requires all HR Professionals along with each new employee joining the organisation to complete training on modern slavery as a module within the organisations wider induction programme. 
Covered through the induction process is the following:
•    How to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
•    What initial steps should be taken if slavery and human trafficking is suspected;
•    How to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to relevant parties within the organisation;
•    What external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline, Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Stronger Together initiative

Awareness-Raising Programme


As well as training staff, the organisation has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by placing posters across the organisation and showing the Stronger Together video at every induction/refresher induction session. 
The posters and video explain to staff:-
•    How to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
•    What employees can do to flag up potential slavery and human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation; and 
•    What external help is available, for example through The Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Modern Slavery Helpline.


Board Approval 


This statement has been approved by the organisation’s board of directors and signed by the Managing Director, who will ensure it is reviewed and updated annually.
Director’s name: 
Helen Muir, HR Director/Company Secretary             
Dated:
22.04.2016                            


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