Our Modern Slavery Act Statement
The Direct Produce Supplies Ltd (dps) board of directors have approved and signed the below statement
The Direct Produce Supplies Ltd (dps) board of directors have approved and signed the below statement.
We are fully committed to social, ethical and environmental responsibilities within our business and supply chain and have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking; the board review annually, at financial year-end of 30th September.
dps are an importer and supplier of fresh produce.
To demonstrate our commitment and transparency:
- dps have published their slavery and human trafficking statement in the following locations: https://www.dpsltd.com, https://tiscreport.org and www.modernslaveryregistry.org
- We have a senior manager responsible for ensuring the commitment, policies, practices, risk assessments and due diligence relating to the eradication of Slavery and Human Trafficking are upheld and progressed within our global supply chains, and businesses.
dps imports fresh produce from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas:
- Induction for new employees includes a Stronger Together video to raise awareness of modern slavery, grievance procedure details and an anonymous third-party whistleblowing line.
- dps representatives have been part of the multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery, Stronger Together http://stronger2gether.org and attended bespoke training to ensure company compliance. Additionally, we became Stronger Together business partners in 2015.
- We require our suppliers to sign a dps Code of Practice annually. This prohibits the use of forced; bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labour; child labour; involuntary prison labour; slavery or trafficking of persons; discriminatory practice; unsafe or inhumane working conditions; unreasonable working hours and pay and suppression of collective bargaining, in line with the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.
- We conduct on-going supplier risk assessments to capture threats and vulnerabilities within the business and supply chain in relation to human rights, trafficking and modern slavery, and country governance and accountability. Risk data sources include FNET country risk ratings, SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), governmental data and industry-relevant assessments, ethical initiatives and reporting. Our team of trained auditors also visit individual supplying sites throughout our supply chain to conduct an analysis of the labour force where applicable.
- As committed members of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), we participate in the annual conference and stakeholder forums. All primary suppliers, plus all high-risk suppliers to grower level are also SEDEX members and must complete a comprehensive self-assessment questionnaire capturing labour supply.
- Our high-risk suppliers are ethically audited to grower level by third-party auditing bodies. Our South African suppliers undergo SIZA audits at a frequency determined by the auditing body, while all other applicable suppliers undergo either SMETA, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and GRASP audits on an annual basis. Where applicable, any critical non-compliances raised are followed up on and monitored to resolution. Additional workforce data is obtained for some suppliers relating to country-specific known ethical issues.
- dps are actively involved in several collaborative ethical initiatives to support ethical practice across our supply chains, for instance, the Spanish Ethical Trade Forum.
Directors for Direct Produce Supplies Ltd have approved this statement
27th November 2020