Allied Milling & Baking Modern Slavery Act Statement
Allied Milling and Baking acknowledges the provisions of
the Modern Slavery Act September 2018 and commits to complying with
its obligations to ensure transparency within its business and its
suppliers of goods and services.
About The Group
Allied Milling and Baking mills grain from the UK
and overseas at 3 UK mills from which it produces bread and bakery
products in 9 bakeries across the United Kingdom and Northern
Ireland; baked goods are distributed to customers across the UK via
our own logistics network, which comprises 7 depots and 5
Third Party run Depots. We employ circa 4000 people directly and
also use regular agency labour within the business.
Allied Milling and Baking has appointed a
multidisciplinary team chaired by a board member to oversee
compliance to MSA and the Associated British Foods (ABF) Code of
Conduct within our own sites and supply chain.
Within our Business
Allied Milling and Baking have an HR policy on Preventing
Hidden Labour Exploitation and have started to, and will continue
to, provide key HR, manufacturing and supply chain management
personnel with training on slavery and human trafficking. We
continue to raise awareness throughout the business adopting the
Stronger Together programme across our sites through induction,
poster campaigns, team briefings and shortly will commence roll out
of an e-learning training module on Modern Slavery Awareness to all
Allied Milling and Baking have set up a robust process for
reporting slavery and human trafficking through our confidential
whistleblowing hotline which is an established and trusted channel
for employees to report issues in our business.
We acknowledge that one of our key risk areas
is usage of temporary labour within our supply chain
and we are working with our providers so that they understand our
expectations of them in taking the required proactive steps to
tackling hidden labour exploitation. We actively audit our agencies
who supply us with temporary labour against legislative compliance,
including compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and conduct agency
worker interviews as part of our audit process.
Within our supply chain
We consider that the greatest risk of slavery and human
trafficking is in our supply chain where we undertake procurement
activities. Allied Milling and Baking works with its sister
companies in the ABF Grocery division to monitor ethical practices
within the supply chain.
Allied Milling and Baking has a long history of assessing
suppliers, primarily by audit, for food safety purposes and its key
staff have now also been trained to the SA 8000 standard to enable
them to identify ethical challenges.
Our corporate expectations are defined in
ABF's Code of Conduct, which is included in both
Terms and Conditions and Technical Supplier Code (regularly
reviewed and refreshed); these documents are supplied to all new
suppliers, who are required to confirm their adherence as a
precondition for supply. Registration and completion of the SEDEX
Questionnaire is a requirement.
Allied Milling and Baking's key product ranges are flours,
bread products and morning goods, inclusions are typically limited
to dried fruits and seeds. Materials from plant origin are
typically grown, harvested and processed on a highly automated
industrial scale; packaging and food chemicals are manufactured
utilising manufacturing plants with a high degree of automation. As
a result within these supply chain the need for unskilled or high
volumes of labour is low.
Allied Milling and Baking has processes in place to map
supply chains. Supply chain mapping of key materials is undertaken
in conjunction with 1st tier suppliers, and then where possible
visiting 2nd and 3rd tier suppliers to confirm the validity of the
supply chain map generated.
Key raw materials for Allied Milling and Baking have been
identified as grain, flour, yeast, dried fruits, seeds and
Allied Milling and Baking has a process of continuous
update of our supply chain knowledge driven by supplier risk
profile and validation activities. The key gaps identified
typically relate to a lack of transparency of out-sourced labour
supply practices in some down-stream supplier sites.
To date Allied Milling and Baking teams have not directly
identified any infringement of civil liberties but do routinely
flag minor Health & Safety and Environmental issues and work
proactively with suppliers to remediate these issues.
This statement will be reviewed each financial year and
published on our website.
Jon Jenkins, MD Allied Milling and Baking