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 2019.

Our Business

We are a leading dairy business manufacturing in excess of 90,000 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.

Respecting Our Supply Chain

Our Vision:  To sustainably source all raw materials in line with the principles of ethical business set out both in our Ethical Policy and in accordance with Glanbia plc’s Code of Conduct.

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 people are fundamental to delivering success for Glanbia Cheese and we are committed to fostering a culture where our employees are motivated, empowered and supported to perform to the best of their ability.

Human Rights

Consistent with our Policies and Procedures, we are committed to respecting human rights and treating people with dignity and respect.  This commitment is grounded in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination and we require all our suppliers to be compliant with all human rights regulations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive culture is important in everything we do.  Through Policies and Procedures we ensure that every employee has the freedom to succeed regardless of ages, status, gender, ethnicity, religion or any other attribute.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is core in everything we do.  We have achieved ISO45000 and continue to strive for a zero harm culture.

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


Risk Assessment and Due Diligence Process


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;
  • Assess and monitor potential risks through our supply chain;
  • An approval process is in place which requires visibility and review of supplier’s own Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
  • Facilitate, without fear or recrimination, our people to report any concerns in relation to slavery and human trafficking with the Business or supply chain.


Where it is difficult or impractical for an employee to raise a concern with the business, 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 the Speak Up Policy and the Code of Conduct.





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:  04.08.20