Slavery and Human Trafficking are growing and often hidden issues in our society. James Hall and Company takes its responsibility in minimising such issues very seriously. We employ a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery issues within the course of our businesses, including internal processes, the processes of those who we contract with and ultimately those within the wider supply chain.
James Hall & Co. Ltd. is a Lancashire-based family business which was founded in Southport in 1863. We are primarily a wholesaler and distributor for SPAR, serving over 600 stores in the North of England. Currently, we are one of the county’s largest employers, with more than 800 staff at our head office as well as those employed across our three food manufacturing sites and 151 retail stores.
Our principal function is the wholesale and distribution of food and drink. However, our other divisions involve the manufacture of food products, wholesale of non-food items and retail division. Our group of companies include the following trading entities: James Hall & Company Limited (our Wholesale and Retail Divisions), James Hall & Company (Properties) Limited, Clayton Park Bakery Limited, The Great Northern Sandwich Company Limited, Fazila Foods Limited, G & E Murgatroyd Limited, Graham Eyes High Class Butchers Ltd, North East Convenience Stores, G.A.P. Convenience Distribution Limited and James Hall and Company (Holdings) Limited.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials, predominantly, but not exclusively relating to food and drink.
Our family ethos underpins the company’s outlook in respect of Modern Slavery and our commitment to complying with ethical practices. We expect our values and zero tolerance approach to be maintained throughout our supply chains to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place at any level.
Our Modern Slavery policy is available to staff and provided to contractors an suppliers as part of our due diligence, annual updates and training.
Due Diligence/Risk Assessment
All new suppliers are requested to sign our supplier warranty which sets out our expectations in respect of modern slavery issues. Our internal processes require new suppliers to be approved by our Quality Department before being signed off by a Director.
We aim to review our supplier warranty and to amend and update existing contracts, where necessary, to ensure compliance.
We review the responses from our suppliers to judge future actions and assess what further due diligence or other steps are required.
In relation to food products, where possible we deal with food safety accredited suppliers. However additional due diligence is exercised if a supplier does not hold a recognised food safety accreditation and particularly in the manufacture of food products. This will include site visits where appropriate.
We aim to establish long-term business relationships with local suppliers so that they are aware of our values and expectations and we have a working knowledge of their processes and compliance.
When dealing with large national/multi-national companies, we expect the same commitment to anti-slavery practices including a satisfactory Modern Slavery statement and supply chain due diligence.
To minimise the risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, we aim to give training, where necessary to all relevant members of staff. This is to be renewed/updated on an annual basis.
In order to monitor the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to stop slavery and trafficking taking place in our business and supply chains, we will use the following performance indicators for the financial year ahead:
- We will communicate our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy to our workforce setting out our stance in relation to modern slavery.
- We will aim to establish a more detailed process to gain a better oversight of our direct supply chain, to aid risk assessment to provide better due diligence. Any concerns will be raised with the suppliers in relation to modern slavery issues.
- We will ensure that we continue to refresh and revise our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking clauses in our contracts with our suppliers.
As we develop our risk assessment and due diligence processes, we will assess and consider the appropriateness of developing further measures, where we assess that there may be a heightened risk of slavery and trafficking within those organisations.
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the James Hall group of companies’ Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for 2019-2020.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors on Monday 23rd September 2019
Statement Approved by Christopher Collins, Company Secretary.