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Sun Valley Ltd commits to developing and adopting a proactive approach to prevent, respond to and remediate the risks of modern slavery, forced and debt-bonded labour, human trafficking, and hidden exploitation within its workplaces.
Modern slavery is a broad term used to encompass offences that involve one person depriving another person of their liberty, in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Forced labour is all work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.
Debt-bonded labour is where a person’s labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan or service.
Human trafficking is the recruitment and transportation of persons by threat, force, coercion or other abuse of power or vulnerability to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.
Hidden labour exploitation is action up to and including modern slavery which involves the exploitation of workers and job applicants by internal or external individuals without the sanction or explicit knowledge of the employer or labour provider.
As part of the UK food manufacturing industry, we recognise our responsibility to take a proactive approach to slavery and human trafficking both within Sun Valley Ltd and its broader supply chain.
Sun Valley is a privately owned company operating from purpose-built processing and storage sites in Bromborough, Wirral.
A market leading supplier of quality processed nuts, raw nuts and dried fruit mixes across the UK, Europe and around the world, we supply customers both large and small, from local pubs & restaurants to some of the largest most successful retailers and major blue-chip manufacturers.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of raw materials, packaging and services principally related to the provision and processing of fruit and nut products.
Sun Valley has over 500 suppliers, the majority of which are UK based (up to 400) with the remainder stretching across Europe, Asia, China, USA, South Africa and South America.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
Sun Valley is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, maintaining this through the application of our Ethical Supply Policy, which is based on the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code. We believe our policy to be achievable, verifiable, and universally acceptable to all right-minded suppliers.
Suppliers to Sun Valley must comply with the Ethical Supply Policy and operate in such a way that is consistent with Sun Valley's standards of business practice and in accordance with the national laws and regulations of the suppliers' country.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
Sun Valley is a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) which is a web-based platform for suppliers to share ethical trading information with their customers. Our commitment to this is demonstrated by;
Complete the SEDEX SAQ annually and have a 4-Pillar SMETA Audit every two years.
Upgrade to a SEDEX Buyer/Supplier (A/B Member) in 2020 to support its commitments through the supply chain
Training in 2020 for Directors and Managers across the business on Slavery and Human trafficking
Briefings to all colleagues l communicating the messages based on the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Principles
Providing greater transparency and developing greater trust with our customers and consumers
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers and reviews its existing suppliers.
Requiring our labour providers, suppliers of raw materials and packaging to be registered on SEDEX, link with Sun Valley and share information relating to their SAQ and audits
Continually develop & evolve review processes looking at the supply chain using various processes such as RADAR, the Sedex risk assessment tool
Instigate & improve our supplier approval procedures, with focus on modern slavery and human trafficking risks.
Where appropriate on a risk-based evaluation, conduct supplier audits through either an accredited 3rd party or Sun Valley personnel.
Work with suppliers to achieve the requirements of the Sun Valley Ethical Supply policy, invoking sanctions if suppliers are found to violate policies, including the possible termination of the business relationship.
The Company Directors shall be responsible for the application of this policy and ensure all activity complies with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Sun Valley Ltd has an ongoing commitment to provide adequate resources, training, and investment to ensure its successful application.
This statement is signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of Sun Valley Ltd, who have read and approved the publication of this statement.