Slavery and human trafficking (Modern Slavery) is a global and growing issue given the rapid rise of global migration. Henderson Group has a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind within our business and/or supply chain and all of us at Henderson Group have a responsibility to be alert to the risks of Modern Slavery, no matter how small. Our employees are expected to report their concerns and our management are expected to act upon them. We are committed to constantly reviewing, updating and improving our practices to ensure that we are tackling slavery and human trafficking.

Family-owned Henderson Group are the owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO, ViVOXTRA and ViVO Essentials franchises in Northern Ireland and have been distributing food and grocery-related products to the convenience retail sector for over 120 years.

The Group consists of four indigenous companies, each of which operates under the Henderson Group. The Group is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland with more than 3,300 employees and a Group turnover of almost £700 million per anum.

Our Supply chains

Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials principally related to the provision of food and grocery-related products.

Our policies and contractual controls

In our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy we confirm that:

1.        we will not tolerate any form of Modern Slavery,

2.       we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships,

3.       we take seriously any allegations of Modern Slavery in our business and/ or supply chains, and

4.      we are committed to constantly reviewing, updating and improving our practices to ensure that Modern Slavery is not taking place in our business and/or supply chains.

Due Diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

Henderson Group is a member of SEDEX and we will request all of our key suppliers to be members of SEDEX, in order for us to view their ethical data. This will enhance our ethical standards within our supply chain.

Modern Slavery within our supply chains

Our initial focus will relate to our top 200 suppliers, who currently account for 90% of our total annual purchases.  We have asked these suppliers to become members of Sedex and have asked them to complete a self assessment questionnaire  (SAQ)on their business units. This SAQ will allow us to map our supply chain by industry sector and geographical risk and will help us identify and prioritise our efforts to ensure we make a positive impact within our supply chain.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Henderson Group slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31st December 2016.

All Directors and relevant members of staff have been briefed on this policy and its implications.