The Boathouse Fisheries
MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2023/2024
This statement is made on behalf of The Boathouse Fisheries pursuant to the section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and comprises our slavery and human trafficking statement.
This is The Boathouse Fisheries first statement issued under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and builds upon the statement from 2019. It outlines the steps we have taken as a business to identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking in our own operations and supply chains. We understand our responsibilities and are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
We are one of Kent's fishmongers and wholesale. We are a family run business with >20 employees.
We manage The Boathouse fisheries through three customer-centric business units:
1. B2C business - the fishmongers is open to the public and we have a customer facing business.
2. B2B – our wholesale department work alongside local fishmongers and businesses i.e restaurants & pubs across Kent & Sussex
3. B2B/C / E-commerce - we run an online data retention between both customers and businesses via our online platform.
OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
The Boathouse Fisheries has direct relationships with a number of primarily UK based suppliers offering a wide range of services. They provide a service to us and also for the benefit of our customers (such as providing locally caught and sustainable fish). Our supply chains also includes outplacement of IT services and certain other routine administrative tasks that are commoditised in nature.
OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all.
Our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business and in our supply chains. Accompanying this is our Whistleblowing Policy which provides a system for our employees to escalate slavery and human trafficking issues and breaches of our Group policies. Both policies are reviewed annually. There have been no breaches or suspected breaches of our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reported in 2022/23.
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As part of our initiative to identify, monitor and mitigate against industry risk, business transaction risk and risk in the countries in which we operate, we nominate senior representatives of the business units and functions.
We have in place policies and systems across our business; our trading partners; and our supply chains to:-
Identify inappropriate employment practices;
Identify, assess and monitor other potential risk areas;
Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring;
Protect whistleblowers; and
Investigate reports of Modern Slavery.
SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES AND ETHICS
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we operate in line with principles of responsible sourcing, including paying employees at the prevailing minimum wage applicable within their relevant country of operations.
We also have a Supplier Code of Conduct which outlines our expectations. The Supplier Code of Conduct lists the Countrywide Mandatory Policies and we expect Suppliers to adhere to these standards or higher. The relevant account managers will monitor and enforce compliance of the Supplier Code of Conduct.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, in our supply chains and in our business partners, we provide relevant in-house training to our colleagues. Under our Supplier Code of Conduct we also require our business partners to provide regular and relevant training to their staff and suppliers and providers.
Raise awareness of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct with our employees and suppliers.
Additional training for employees as necessary.
Integrate any learnings from Covid-19 into our future strategy.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2024