Modern Slavery Act
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses to produce a statement detailing their approach to ensuring modern slavery is not occurring in their supply chain and their own organisation. This statement is for the financial year March 2019 - February 2020, covers Notcutts Group Ltd and Notcutts Ltd, and was approved by the Board on November 26th 2020.
We are publishing this report at this time following the completed audit and filing of the year’s financial accounts on November 25th at Companies House. This delay has been as a consequence of the current coronavirus crisis.
Modern slavery includes slavery; servitude and forced or compulsory labour; and human trafficking. Notcutts takes its obligations in relation to these areas seriously and is committed to acting ethically to ensure actions are taken to prevent modern slavery in our supply chain and our business.
Structure, business and supply chains
Notcutts is a family owned group of 18 garden centres across the UK, with a head office based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. We sell a diverse product range in our garden centres and online, including plants and gardening related products; homewares, gifts and clothing; food and beverage; pets and pet care products; indoor and outdoor furniture. Our buyers source from suppliers both within the UK and internationally.
Many of our products are sourced in the UK through long standing relationships with our suppliers. We recognise the importance of effective partnerships with our suppliers and, where possible, carry out supplier visits and inspections. We want to ensure workers experience a fair and safe environment, where their rights are acknowledged and welfare is maintained.
We are committed to ensuring all our employees are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect, encouraging any concerns to be reported through our Whistleblowing, Bullying and Harassment or Grievance policy.
Due diligence processes
An audit process has been in place since 2015 with suppliers identified as higher risk. Using a comprehensive supplier assessment questionnaire, we assess approaches to social accountability; hygiene; health and safety; age restrictive working; quality management and environment.
Awareness of modern slavery and the risk to our business has been raised with the teams responsible for buying and with the Executive team. Training was completed by senior managers in the buying teams in 2019 and further training is planned in the wider business to include other roles in the buying and merchandising teams as well as retail managers during 2020 and 2021.
Chief Executive Officer
November 26th 2020