Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement of Glanbia Cheese Ltd in respect of the financial year ending 31 December 2018.

Our Business

We are a leading dairy business manufacturing in excess of 80,000 tonnes of mozzarella cheese which serves both restaurant and business to business sectors.  We employ approximately 380 people across the UK.  Our production facilities are located in Wales and Northern Ireland with our Head-office in Northwich.  We have two key stakeholders, Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods.

Our Supply Chain

Our goal is to sustainably source the raw materials we use in our products.  We follow the principles of ethical business as set out in our Ethical Policy and in accordance with Glanbia plc’s Code of Conduct and operate to the highest food quality and safety requirements.

Glanbia Cheese has a supply chain which spans procurement of materials, packaging, transportation and services globally.  However, the majority of our direct suppliers are based in the UK.  We operate in accordance with our internal policies and procedures and within the principles of Glanbia plc’s Procurement Policy.

Glanbia Cheese requires its suppliers to adhere to internal policies and principles and to be compliant with local laws and regulations and specifically with all human rights, labour and health and safety regulations.

Our People

Glanbia Cheese policy is to comply fully with relevant employment laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates.  Each site has responsibility to ensure that appropriate processes and controls are in place to ensure compliance and adherence with all relevant legislation.

Our Policies

Glanbia Cheese is committed to a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and to acting with integrity in all its dealings, relationships and supply chain.

To ensure clarity on the ethical standards we require from every employee and supplier, there are a number of key policies which set out the requirements within our Company and also with those whom we do business, including;

  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy
  • Ethical Policy
  • Glanbia plc’s Code of Conduct
  • Glanbia plc’s Procurement Policy

Monitoring and Compliance

As part of our compliance with the policies referenced above, we take the following steps:

  • Annual independent audit of each manufacturing site through the Glanbia Risk Management Process;
  • Facilitate, without fear or recrimination, our people to report any concerns in relation to slavery and human trafficking with the Business or supply chain.

Speak Up

When it is difficult or impractical for an employee to raise a concern within the Company, we offer a hotline service that will allow employees to report the issue confidentially.  The hotline can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Details are set out in our Speak Up Policy.

Future Steps

Glanbia Cheese is committed to reviewing the effectiveness of our current policies and procedures and is focused on improving our measures to assess the management of the risks that are identified.

Signed By

Paul Vernon

Chief Executive

on behalf of Glanbia Cheese Ltd.

Date: 31.12.18