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JBS GLOBAL (UK) LTD
Modern slavery statement for financial year 2018

 

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that JBS Global (UK) Limited has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern Slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. JBS Global (UK) Ltd. has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

 

OUR BUSINESS

JBS Global (UK) Ltd. is an importer and wholesaler of meat and meat products based in the UK. We trade in a variety of fresh, frozen and canned meat products to a wide customer base. Our products are mainly sourced from Australia, New Zealand, The USA, and South America, and are imported through UK and other mainland European ports of entry. Products are normally transported in containers on seagoing vessels.

 

DUE DILIGENCE AND RISK ASSESSMENT

We recognise that due to the worldwide nature of our business there will be some higher risk areas within our supply chain from where we procure our products, particularly where the operations and management are out of our direct control. To mitigate the risks, we have built long and close trading partnerships with our main suppliers, providing integrity and security in the supply of our products. Most of these suppliers, like JBS Global (UK) Ltd, are entities of the JBS SA Group, which further strengthens the relationships and trust we have in our supply chain. The business is registered with SEDEX.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

We have a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. We work with key stakeholders and NGO's who have specific expertise in the Modern Slavery area to raise awareness of the Modern Slavery Act and have encouraged our supply partners to develop systems which would enable them to highlight areas of their supply chain which are most at risk of Modern Slavery. As outlined in our Modern Slavery Statement of 2017, during 2018 one of our main suppliers has completed the first stage of a ground breaking risk assessment project based on multi-factorial information. This project has enabled the company to map areas of high risk of modern slavery incidents and the data will be used to assist on the implementation of due diligence processes for thousands of cattle suppliers. This innovative approach pushes the boundaries of assessing and addressing human rights violations in the supply chain.

 

TRAINING

To ensure that our staff understand the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, training has been undertaken throughout 2018. Training programs on the topic of tackling Modern Slavery in a global supply chain have been attended by procurement staff and members of the management team. We have worked with Stronger Together in this area.

Members of the commercial team and directors have also participated in Industry organised training days on the subject of Modern Slavery.

 

OUR PERFORMANCE

In continuance of our aim to mitigate and monitor the potential risks within our supply chains the company is pleased with the work it has carried out in 2018 in the areas of:

  • Strengthening the relationship with suppliers in the context of highlighting the issue of Modern Slavery;
  • Continuous participation in Industry organised training days on the topic of Modern Slavery.

 

In future Modern Slavery Statements we will continue to report on all areas of progress, including the creation of a three year plan for our Modern Slavery Policy which includes the following projects for 2019:

  • Creation of a Strategic Working group to tackle modern slavery;
  • Partnership with Stronger Together to develop farm level due diligence system with one of our key suppliers in Brazil;
  • Development of training on the topic of Modern Slavery awareness for all staff.

 

This statement was approved by JBS Global UK board directors and will be reviewed annually.

 

Marcus O'Sullivan

Managing Director