Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person’s liberty and dignity for another person’s gain. It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.

At Food Recruit – Search & Selection, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2021/2022.

It occurs in many forms but the main, key characteristics which distinguish slavery and violate a person’s human rights are as follows:

  • Forced to work – through mental or physical threat
  • Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
  • Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
  • Physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement

At Food Recruit – Search & Selection, we are committed to tackling this issue by the following:

  • Ensuring legal compliance and lawful practice
  • Ensuring that we exceed the requirements of the ‘National Living Wage’
  • Striving to value each employee and make sure that their time at Winhurst Recruitment is enjoyable, fulfilling and successful.
  • Food Recruit – Search & Selection has a zero tolerance policy to modern day slavery in every aspect of how business is conducted.

Our Business
Food Recruit – Search & Selction are an Independent Recruiter with one employee, Scott Williams who is also the Director and Owner of the business with one office based in the UK. Given the nature of the business, we believe that there is a very low risk that slavery or human trafficking would have any connection with our business however we have made a commitment to ensure that we are doing everything we can to reduce any risk of this occurring.

Our Processes for Managing Risk
Our recruitment takes place through a combination of direct advertising on our website, job boards, LinkedIn, networking and recruitment agencies. We only use reputable employment agencies who we have worked with for a number of years and we set standard terms and conditions of business with each agency we deal with.

Our Extra Precaution
Although not obliged to do so due to our business model, Food Recruit – Search & Selection are proud to be licenced by the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority. Under license FOOD0006 – Food Recruit Ltd can be found on the public register. We have taken this extra step to demonstrate our commitment to removing modern slavery from the food supply chain and provide added assurances to our clients and candidates.

Fair Pay – Food Recruit – Search & Selection commit to ensuring that any employees in the future, or any future contracted staff will receive a fair salary for the job they perform within the business and ensure that all employees are paid above the national living wage at the time of employment.

UK Supply Chain – As we operate on an “Introductory” basis, Food Recruit – Search & Selection don’t employ anyone through the business. We have a small range of suppliers who provide goods and services. If we were to find any evidence that one of our suppliers had failed to comply with the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, we would terminate our contract with them.

Whistleblowing – Food Recruit – Search & Selection encourage all of its future employees, contracted staff and other business partners to report any concerns they may have related to slavery/human trafficking.

Our Commitment
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st August 2022 and was approved by the Director of Food Recruit – Search & Selection in September 2021.