Modern Day Slavery

Shepcote Distributors have carefully considered Section 54 “Transparency in Supply Chains” of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our review has concluded that the services we provide are very unlikely to be affected by slavery, as are the supply chains of those we use for the purchase of administrative products or services from local businesses.

About Shepcote Distributors Limited

Established in 1969, By Michael Shepherdson, Shepcote started trading in sugar and manufacturing handmade marzipan confectionary.

Shepcote continues to be committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

As an equal opportunities’ employer, Shepcote is committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for all our employees. We want all our employees to have confidence that they can bring to light any wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.

Our management processes are written to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard them from any abuse or coercion.

We do not engage with any business or organisation, in the UK or aboard, which knowingly supports, or is found to be involved in, slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour.

Our Suppliers

We do not procure any goods and services directly from any countries which are at a high risk of modern slavery or exploitation. Our first-tier suppliers are solely based within the United Kingdom.

Our Policies in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The following policies are available to all employees through the Shepcote employee handbook:

Recruitment & Selection Policy

Code of Conduct

Anti-Bribery & Corrupt Policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Right to Work Policy

Shepcote will continue to raise awareness of the principles of the Act through:

Raising awareness to all employees and what action to take should they suspect human trafficking or breaches in the Act.

Reviewing our policies linked to modern slavery and human trafficking.

Carry out checks with all employees and agencies for their Right to Work, following the principles of the Act and through our ‘terms of business’ with our employment agencies.

Acting responsibly and in line with the legislation should any suspicion arise of modern slavery.

Training employees involved in recruitment & selection on the Shepcote employment practices.

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 31st March 2023.

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