The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a UK piece of legislation that requires commercial organisations that have a UK entity and group annual turnover in excess of £36 million to publish a modern slavery statement. The Baronie Group is committed to eradicating slavery from our organisation and supply chains by improving our practices and knowledge to combat slavery and human trafficking
We are a European confectionery business with around 1’500 employees across 9 factories in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, working with a wide range of retailers. As a successful global company with a long tradition, it is our goal to act ethically and morally in an exemplary and responsible manner in all our business areas at any time.
We acknowledge our responsibility towards our customers, consumers, suppliers and employees. We pay special attention to the living and working conditions in the countries of origin. We adopt a close working relationship with various project partners, in Europe and the responsible authorities in the countries of origin. We also support the education of cocoa farmers in the field of agricultural technologies. This leads to an enhancement in productivity and quality of the cocoa but without compromising our ethical and moral responsibility to our supplier’s welfare. We treat every internal and external stakeholder with respect and dignity and discrimination does not feature any part of our business processes. We ensure that at no point do we infringe on the human rights of the individual, body or group that we interact with.
We will continue to take the relevant steps to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking occurring within any element of our businesses.
We are committed to ensuring that our staff understand the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains. As a business we raise awareness within our group by giving the required training to our staff and suppliers in order to recognise the signs of slavery and human trafficking
Our Code of Conduct serves as a guideline for our entire business and each employee is briefed on the importance of adhering to it and signs as a commitment to uphold our company values. As a group we comply with strict employment policies which cover recruitment, health and safety, harassment and bullying. All employees employed directly by the company within the UK are paid at an appropriate rate in line with the national living wage. Overtime payments are also in line with the ETI base code. UK Temporary staff are sourced from a GLA approved agency and regular agency audits are undertaken to ensure that payments are being made in line with the national living wage and that there are no unfair or unnecessary deductions being made. We partner with Sedex and undergo audits to ensure that we are complying with best ethical practices. This policy statement will be reviewed annually and published on our website. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending April 2019. This statement will next be reviewed in April 2019.
Download here the signed pdf version of Baronie Group Modern Slavery Statement 2019