Unfortunately modern slavery and human trafficking are very real threats in our society. Modern Slavery Act 2015(the “Act”) has created an opportunity which the company recognises to play a part in reducing the exploitation of people. The company is committed to respecting the human rights of our employees and those with whom we interact.
We recognise our responsibility to identify and address potential or actual human rights infringements linked to the products and services we provide. We encourage our suppliers to uphold the same standards as we apply to ourselves.
Medina’s organisational structure is functional structure. Our activities are in the UK. Medina’s vision is to be the leading independent national supplier of liquid milk, dairy and bakery products to the full spectrum of UK retailers, wholesalers and foodservice operators. As a family-owned business we are focused on building long term relationships and working in partnership with customers. We operate through 17 depots, supply 4 million litters of fresh milk and over 400 products to 5,000 locations every day.
Modern slavery is also an issue within the UK, and we particularly recognise the need to protect people working within our depots from all forms of exploitation. Compliance with all aspects of UK employment law is essential, both for ourselves and our suppliers.
Our Supply Chain
The Company purchases goods and supplies almost exclusively from the UK or European companies. Workers’ rights are legally protected within Europe, and therefore we have a reasonable level of expectation that those people employed by our European suppliers are not being exploited.
During the tender process of our main suppliers, the Company carries out due diligence in order to understand how the suppliers’ staff are treated, and how the suppliers source services, goods and resources throughout the world. The Company expectation regarding how suppliers treat their staff, and the people in their supply chain are treated is communicated during the tender process.
Our Expectation of Suppliers
The Company is committed to compliance with all aspects of UK employment law, and particularly with those aspects of the law which protect individuals from exploitation. Important controls in this context are:
- Carrying out identity checks on new workers
- Ensuring that new workers have the right to work in the UK
- Retaining copies of documentation as proof of identity
- Auditing our payroll process
The Company values building and maintaining long term relationships with its suppliers, and recognises the need to be diligent throughout those relationships in order to understand the businesses we deal with.
It is expected that each supplier goes through Sexed compliance audit dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains.
Modern Slavery Policy
Median does have a separate Modern slavery Policy which is communicated to each new starter and training is provided to managers to ensure they stay compliant to the policy.
To protect the right of our employees we also have Whistleblowing policy which provides a platform to employee to highlight concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
During the course of making this statement the Act has been explained to our Directors, managers and stakeholders.
The Act has been explained to the managers responsible for the majority of our workforce, purchase streams, who have in turn considered the risks of modern slavery in our supply chain, and the appropriate wording of this statement.
Our managers have considered and support our future intentions as stated above so that we may continually improve our approach on this important matter.
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 1 October 2018.