Our Partners

 

Supply Chain

Stateside Foods prides itself on its supply base ensuring that our suppliers share the same principles as us in terms of quality, customer service, food safety, continuous improvement, ethical trading and innovation.

Stateside Foods screens all of its new suppliers against ethical criteria. Once approved, suppliers are audited biannually to ensure continual compliance.

SEDEX and Stronger Together

Stateside Foods Ltd is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within our corporate activities or within our supply chains. All potential modern slavery risks related to our business have been evaluated and steps put in place to enforce an effective transparent system.

Since 2008 Stateside has been a committed member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX). Sedex are a non-profit membership organisation allowing the sharing of sourcing data on supply chains. We have also successfully completed a number of SMETA audits (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). Furthermore we follow the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code. The ETI is based on the Standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) working to stop inadequate working conditions across the world.

Stateside Foods Ltd supplies leading food retailers with private label chilled pizzas.

Our supply chains are predominantly based in Europe; we require all of our suppliers and partners to comply in full with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and meet our values.

Policies, Standards and Practices

As a member of Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and business partners with Stronger Together, we operate the following policies that detail our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

Training

Staff are made aware of the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 through the site induction programme. HR personnel are trained on identifying and preventing modern slavery.

Awareness Programme

All employees are made aware of the basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Key areas include:

•Understanding human trafficking and labour exploitation.
•How employers can identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking.
•What employees can do to flag up potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation; and what external help is available.

Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation Policy

We are committed to developing and adopting a positive and proactive approach in tackling the hidden exploitation of Migrant Workers. This policy applies to all Stateside Foods Ltd sites and all staff involved in the Recruitment, Managing and Supply of Contractors on a day to day basis.

•We have designated appropriate members of staff who have attended the Identifying Hidden Labour Exploitation training, and have the responsibility for developing company procedures around this subject.

•We accept that job finding fees are a business cost to Stateside Foods Ltd and these are paid by Stateside Foods Ltd. The company will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a job finding fee, including overseas labour providers.

•All members of staff will ensure that any third party labour supplier will hold a GLA licence and no employee will engage in the use of a third party labour supplier, including overseas labour providers, until this has been approved by the Human Resources Manager.

•We adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gang masters Licensing Authority and the Police. Any reports will be made to the respective authorities via the Human Resources Manager.

•We provide information on tackling “Hidden Labour Exploitation” to our workforce via posters and leaflets which are displayed in all of the Stateside Foods Ltd sites.

Recruitment Policy

Direct Recruitment

Our recruitment processes include a facility to identify if applicants are being exploited by asking and recording:

•How the worker found out about the work

•Whether the worker has paid anyone, or will have to pay anyone to obtain the work in question

•Whether the worker has paid anyone to get into the UK if newly arrived

We also ensure that testing used during the recruitment process is conducted in a controlled
environment with a format that is regularly changed to prevent coaching of individuals.

Labour Providers

Our temporary staff suppliers are audited quarterly to ensure that relevant document checks and induction paperwork have been correctly completed for each worker and that the Agency Workers Directive 2012 is being complied with. We also conduct face to face interviews and Stronger Together questionnaires with individual workers.

It is a requirement that our labour providers are a Stronger Together business partner.

Supplier / Procurement Code of Conduct

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. We work with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code. Non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act will lead to the termination of the business relationship.

Reporting Concerns

We encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.

Due Diligence

Stateside Foods Ltd recognises that the principal exposure to Modern Slavery is within the supply chain, we undertake due diligence when considering new suppliers, and review our existing suppliers.

Reviews include:

•Assessing and reviewing the supply chain to consider their particular product and or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.

•Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier.

•Conducting supplier audits or assessments through questionnaires, which will incorporate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code

•We conduct risk assessments and continuously monitor supplier ethical conduct.

•We have been building SEDEX membership progressively across our supply base, all our supply chain is encouraged to demonstrate good ethical practice either by having SEDEX membership or suitable ethical policies.

For our supply chain, transparency is currently assessed through SEDEX, with the suppliers linked to us on SEDEX highlighted if they are high risk.

This Modern Slavery Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Stateside Foods Ltd Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the foreseeable future.

Targets

We work with some of our key customers to be a part of ensuring a fair deal and resilient livelihoods for all people in our supply chain. We will work with fair trade to help strengthen producer communities around the world. We train and support our suppliers to ensure protection of the people in our supply chain.

PAPA The Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association

We are committee members of The Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

The Association is our industry body and through this, Stateside Foods have the opportunity to shape the industry at a wider level.
Through this organisation, are involved with the key health issues regarding salt, sugar, nutrition and hydrogenated fats. Through this body, we lobby Government to influence their approach to food health issues.

As members, we also receive guidance and advice, European legislation alerts and food and hygiene training.

Campden BRI

Stateside Foods are members of Campden BRI, who provide the food and drink industry with the practical scientific, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality,
process efficiency and product and process innovation.

Their services include:

Analysis and testing – helping to ensure safety and optimise product quality.

Operational support – helping companies ‘do the day job’. Troubleshooting manufacturing problems – ingredients, processing, packaging, advising on hygienic design and maintenance, supporting implementation of systems such as HACCP and risk management, and helping with product development.

Research and Innovation – industrially relevant research chosen and funded by members, as well as work for government departments and agencies.

Knowledge Management – industrial best practice guideline publications, a wide range of training courses, seminars and conferences, and expert technical and legislation information and advice.

Investors In People

We have been working closely with Investors In People (IIP) with the aim to develop stronger leaders at every level of the organisation. We want to ensure that all people-managers are equipped to provide the best support to their teams.

Our work with IIP enhances performance by measuring employee feedback against the IIP framework, which shows us what’s working and highlights opportunities for improvement. We recognise the importance of building the right organisational structure to unlock our people’s potential, as this helps future-proof Stateside Foods and ensure sustainable success.

We embrace constant change and keep improving with the help of the IIP’s dedicated experts. Through our relationship we can draw on their skills and experience. We have used the IIP accreditation to strengthen and embed our organisational culture and understand how we can use our values to drive decision-making at every level, empowering people to deliver exactly what’s needed.

In order to attract and retain talented people, we work hard to genuinely engage with and invest in our people.

Co-op Future of Food

The Co-op Future of Food Channel is part of Manufacture 2030, a network for manufacturers who want to go beyond compliance and become more sustainable – reducing cost, impact and risk.

The Co-op Future of Food Channel is a dedicated space for suppliers, the Co-op, partners and colleagues to share knowledge and accelerate progress on important ethical and environmental challenges together. It’s a community where over 1,000 peers collaborate and share knowledge on challenging areas such as energy, waste, water, ethical trade, packaging, and modern day slavery.

The Co-op Future of Food Channel originated from their Future of Food ambition, which looks at how together, we tackle the challenges of sustainable food production up to the year 2030.

Asda Save & Sustain Exchange

The Asda Sustain & Save Exchange (SSE) is an online group for Asda suppliers and colleagues, working together to improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Asda partnered with 2degrees to develop the innovative Sustain & Save Exchange (SSE). Launched in 2012, the SSE’s private online platform enables Asda’s suppliers to cut costs, improve resource efficiency in energy, waste and water, and set the standards in terms of sustainability.

Stateside Foods are active members, along with 1300+ Asda colleagues and supplier partners inside the Sustain & Save Exchange (SSE), sharing ideas, contacts, and good practice to accelerate improvements in operational efficiency and reduce environmental impacts. Since 2013 members inside the SSE have helped each other save over £10m of energy, waste and water.

IGD

IGD (Intitute of Grocery Distribution) are a research and training charity that sit at the heart of the food and grocery industry. They exist to upskill people working in or looking to join the food and grocery industry. They also manage initiatives driven by research and best practice relating to science, technology or economics in the food industry.

Stateside Foods have worked with the IGD to deliver educational workshops in local schools. These workshops are designed to raise awareness and to encourage young people into the food manufacturing sector, whilst raising their career aspirations within the industry. We feel that this is a great way for us to secure a pipeline of young new talent coming into our business from the local community.

GroceryAid

GroceryAid is the national charity that helps people across the whole of the grocery industry – from the largest factory, through the supply chain, to the smallest store. The charity currently helps more than 14,500 grocery industry people, and will spend in excess of £4.7M on welfare support this year.

The help that GroceryAid offers can make a very real difference and is available to colleagues working in the industry today as well as those who have retired. People experience difficulties in many ways and the charity has developed services to provide;

• Crisis support
• Financial assistance
• Free confidential advice – via Helpline

Crisis support might be securing a safe haven for somebody fleeing domestic violence, settling rent arrears to keep a grocery colleague in their home or funding a household repair.
Financial assistance not only includes ongoing support, it can also provide winter heating allowances and essential items such as beds, cookers and fridge freezers that many of us take for granted.

The 24/7 Helpline (online and freephone 08088 021122) provides problem solving and emotional support for a range of topics including counselling services; relationship support; career advice; basic legal matters; financial advice and debt management; advice for carers; and a telephone befriending service. Specialist counsellors are also available for those who have experienced a traumatic incident.

Stateside Foods are working to support and raise awareness of the charity; in supporting the work of GroceryAid, we are supporting our own people at a time when they may need it the most.