Bewley's Tea and Coffee IRE & UK Limited is committed to the practice of responsible corporate behaviour and to complying with all laws, regulations and other requirements which govern the conduct of our operations.
The statement sets down Bewley's Tea and Coffee commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains.
We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Team members are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
Aims of Policy
The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships.
Responsibility for Compliance
This policy is the responsibility of, and authorised by, the Managing Director.
The HR Team is responsible for implementation in conjunction with Department Managers.
The Managing Director has responsibility for the human rights, ethical trade and corporate social responsibilities of the business.
Scope of Policy
This policy applies to all employees, agents, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, business partners and any other parties (including individuals, partnerships and bodies corporate) associated with the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
The Senior Management Team endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.
Organisational Structure and Supply Chains
This statement covers the business activities of Bewley's Tea and Coffee Limited which are as follows:
Our overall offer covers coffee, tea and drinking chocolate and our brands Bewley's, Grumpy Mule BE, Eros and FRESH offer Fairtrade certified coffees and premium branding to back this up. Alongside this we offer everything that a cafe operator needs to succeed.
We partner with world class machine manufacturers, including: La Marzocco, Franke, La Spaziale, Marco, Coffetek, Brita and Blendtec and source our raw ingredients from our partners in the coffee growing regions.
Due Diligence and Risks
Bewley's Tea and Coffee IRE & UK operates in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Our Supply chains include:
Chain Complete Finished Ambient Product, Cold Beverages, Snacking Range, Hot Beverages & equipment Supplier.
The ETI (ethical trading initiative) base code - Bewley's require all suppliers as minimum to adhere to the base code, supporting fundamental workers' rights.
Suppliers demonstrate that they adhere to the base code through their sustainability policies
Bewley's would not work with suppliers that do not adhere to the ETI
Bewley's perform bi-annual to annual visits to suppliers, exporters and importers.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
We have in place systems to:
• Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
• Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains. • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
• Protect whistle blowers.
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers.
The Company's due diligence process includes:
• Completion of the supplier questionnaire which includes questions regarding the Modern Slavery
• Building long-standing relationships with suppliers
• Making clear our expectations of business partners
• Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier
Responsibility for the Company's Anti-Slavery Initiatives is as follows:
• Policies: The Human Resources Department is responsible for creating and reviewing policies. The process by which policies are developed is looking at best practice and adapting to the needs of the business.
• Risk assessments: The Quality Department is responsible for risk assessments in respect of human rights and modern slavery by a process of supplier audit.
• Due diligence: The Quality Department is responsible for due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Collectively we share the responsibility to give feedback to each other when we fail to live up to our values, or in more serious situation to report inappropriate behaviour.
We will never tolerate harassment of any kind including sexual, racial, verbal or non-verbal as well as physical. If you observe unacceptable behaviour, report it.
Reporting can be to any Manager, however where possible or appropriate this should be your Line Manager.
Supplier Self Audit Questionnaire
The company will provide training to all employees to help them understand their duties and responsibilities under this policy.
Contravention of the Policy
Failure to comply with any of the requirements of this policy is a disciplinary offence and may result in disciplinary action being taken under the Company's disciplinary procedure.
Modern Slavery Act 2015