Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking Statement – Bidfresh Limited
We publish a Modern Slavery Statement annually, in line with our financial year (July-June), in accordance with section 54(1) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Research developed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Walk Free Foundation, and the International Office for Migration (IOM) suggests that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016, with almost 25 million of those victims exploited in forced labour – the most common element of modern slavery. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 looks to tackle this international atrocity by making large UK companies accountable for the workers in their supply chains, where modern slavery is often hidden. The Act requires companies to publish an annual report setting out the steps being taken to ensure that trafficked men, women and children are not operating in their supply chains and to give details of any due diligence being conducted to avoid forced, bonded, or slave labour.
There have been many reported instances of slavery globally in the farming, agricultural, and fishing industries, including in the UK, making this a highly pertinent issue to Direct Seafoods and our parent company, Bidfresh. Although we have a zero-tolerance approach to conducting business with any organisation that knowingly utilises any form of modern slavery, we know that due diligence and collaboration with suppliers must occur to detect and remedy any labour abuses potentially hidden further down the chain. Therefore, we have committed ourselves to ethical trade, aiming for year-on-year improvements in working conditions in our supply chains. Our memberships with the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Food Network for Ethical Trade demonstrate this commitment.
Our Business And Organisational Structure
Bidfresh supplies fresh produce, fish, meat, and dairy products to chefs throughout the UK, from specialist businesses local to the customer. Bidfresh Limited was created in 2010 when Bidvest (a public-owned business in South Africa) purchased Seafood Holdings Limited in the UK. Bidvest saw the benefits in the model adopted by Seafood Holdings and decided to create similar businesses in meat and produce. Bidvest unbundled its food service assets on 30th May 2016 into Bidcorp Limited which is 2 listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Bidcorp Limited’s (‘Bidcorp’) listing provides shareholders with the opportunity to participate directly in Bidcorp’s foodservice operations as well as enabling the business to achieve its strategic goals. Bidfresh has since acquired a number of businesses in meat and produce and is looking to further broaden its footprint across the British Isles. Bidfresh has adopted a decentralised model of management which encourages the entrepreneurial spirit contained in each of its businesses. Each business is directly responsible for its product range, its buying and sales approach. Businesses retain their local brand, tone of voice, look and feel. The cultural differences are important to differentiate the regional locations. However, many of the back office functions are centralised. The businesses that are acquired are specialist in either their region or their product range. All the businesses primarily focus on the restaurant and catering trade. A full list of our businesses and brands can be found on our website, www.bidfresh.co.uk.