Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking within all of our business activities. Pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Modern Slavery Act”), we offer the following statement regarding our efforts to prevent slavery and human trafficking both within our business, and within its supply chain, for the financial year ended 28th February 2023.
Lynn’s Country Foods Limited, together with group companies The Finnebrogue Bacon Company Ltd and Finnebrogue Vegetarian Company Limited, is a food company with around 1,100 employees, specialising in the production of quality sausage, burger, stuffing, bacon, pigs-in-blankets and more recently meat-free products and trading as Finnebrogue (“Finnebrogue”). The company currently has 4 factories all located in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
We have built our business on crafting artisan food that makes a difference, from the welfare of the animals and stewardship of the land to the way we treat our colleagues. Our dedication to food safety and quality, sustainability and passion for great food is the driving force behind everything we do; and our integrated business model adopts the principles of quality, integrity and customer satisfaction.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
Finnebrogue respects and acknowledges internationally recognised human rights principles. Within our company and throughout our supply chain, we are committed to treating people with dignity and respect. Finnebrogue’s internal policies include our Human Rights Policy and our Company Code of Conduct which both reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships. We will not tolerate any abuse of human rights within any part of our business or supply chains and will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected or protected.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
Finnebrogue acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Finnebrogue also understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains. Finnebrogue works closely with suppliers and customers to adhere to these commitments in tackling Modern Day Slavery.
Finnebrogue does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to Finnebrogue in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. Finnebrogue strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in Northern Ireland and in many cases exceeds those minimum standards in relation to its employees.
Our supply chain
We work within a large, diverse value chain of business partners and stakeholders. There are often two to five levels of suppliers between us as an end user and the source of raw materials that enter the manufacturing process. We recognise that each entity in this chain has its own independent duty to respect human rights.
We expect our business partners and stakeholders to adhere to ethical business conduct consistent with our own, and are committed to working with them to fulfil this common goal.
What have we done?
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have adopted a number of due diligence procedures and mechanisms, including:
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
The Ethical Audits conducted via external auditors through SEDEX and referred to above bring insights on ways we can tackle slavery and human trafficking. The following key performance indicators (KPIs) have been set out to assess how effective we are being in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
What will we do next?
Finnebrogue will maintain the current controls in place over the next twelve-month period. Additional activities will include:
This Statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act and constitutes our human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 28th February 2023. It was approved by the board of directors of Finnebrogue on 3rd May 2023.
By order of the Board
Andrew Nethercott, Chief Executive Officer