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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 2020 - February 2021, covers Notcutts Group Ltd and Notcutts Ltd, and was approved by the Board on 23rd June 2021.
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.
Notcutts is a family owned group of 18 garden centres across the UK, with a head office based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. We do not employ anyone outside the UK. 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. In addition, we have reviewed and updated our Equality and Diversity policy.
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. The audit process is being reviewed in 2021.
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 has been completed by all members of the buying teams, as well as the retail general managers. Modern slavery and equality and diversity training forms part of our 2021 training programme.
Chief Executive Officer
June 23rd 2021