Modern Slavery Statement
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large UK businesses to publish a statement describing the activities they are undertaking to prevent slavery and human trafficking in their own business operations and supply chain.
At AMT Fruit we believe that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity and that a workplace should be safe and fair. These principles are rights that should also be respected throughout our supply chains. We are constantly seeking to work collaboratively with suppliers and customers that share our principles.
AMT Fruit is a dedicated partnership supplier to Tesco across the UK and Central Europe. We supply fresh fruit products including citrus, grapes, melons and pineapples. In addition, through our wider group business, Genesis Innovation Group, we provide cutting edge varietal developments that facilitate strategic relationships with our supply base.
Our raw materials are sourced from around the world, predominantly Europe, Africa and The Americas. Purchasing is subject to the Tesco buying teams’ and overseas sourcing hubs approval. Raw material sourcing strategies are based upon supplier sustainability, capability and risk factors, within which ethical standards are fundamental, along with quality, technical and service.
Across our supply base, we procure from three broad sources. These are:
- Supply from related AMC Group companies;
- Joint ventures;
- Other known sources.
AMC Group Companies: Supply comes from farms which are directly owned by AMC Group companies. We have a very close working relationship with the management teams and an increased understanding of the way in which people are managed. In many of these cases, these businesses have their own directly employed harvest teams minimising risks associated with temporary or transient labour sourcing.
Joint Ventures: Genesis Innovation Group breeding programmes have facilitated joint ventures with several large agribusinesses around the world. One benefit of these joint ventures is a better understanding of the supplier’s business and a collaborative approach to mitigating risk.
Known Sources: The remainder of raw materials come from other known sources and suppliers with whom we have chosen, together with Tesco, to develop strong, long lasting relationships.
Our sourcing models and close commercial relationships ensure that we maintain a strong knowledge of how our suppliers operate their businesses. Further to this, our directly employed product technologists visit our suppliers throughout the year. When visiting suppliers, they not only check on quality and audit technical standards but also take a proactive approach in identifying indicators of potential labour issues. This also means we are able to advise suppliers on best practice and help them make positive changes to their labour management practices.
Due Diligence and Monitoring
Our dedicated UK service provision site undergoes an independent third party Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) every two years. Their agency labour provider is Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) licensed and is audited every two years. Internal audits and spot checks are also scheduled throughout the year.
Despite strong and long-standing relationships with the majority of our suppliers, we remain alerted to the risk of Modern Slavery within our supply chain. We encourage suppliers to identify risk within their own business. Should there be instances of Modern Slavery within our supply chain which we ought to know about, we have the following controls in place identify it:
- Sedex: we ensure that as a minimum all supplying sites are registered on Sedex and have completed the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ). We monitor responses to key questions within this which are indicators of risk. Suppliers in South Africa may use Sustainability Initiative South Africa (SIZA).
- Supplier Due Diligence Packs: these set out the standards and expectations that we require of suppliers to Tesco. An ethical undertaking and questionnaire are completed by the supplier’s Senior Management Team at the start of each season.
- Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA): we carry out supplier risk assessments to identify SMETA audit requirements. Should non-compliances be raised during audits, our team work closely with the supplier to take action. We share best practices to resolve issues as quickly and effectively as possible.
- Tesco requires that suppliers from High-Risk countries undertake SMETA audits prior to supply. These include South Africa, Peru and Mexico within our supply chains.
These methods of highlighting and resolving issues have proven to be effective and strengthen our relationship with our supply base. In many instances, we will gain a better understanding of our supplier’s issues and help to develop their management system.
Policies and Practices
Our approach on ethical issues is aligned with that of Tesco and their policies and codes of practice. More specifically, issues of modern slavery and trafficking are addressed through our implementation of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code and requirements of Sedex or Sustainability Initiative South Africa (SIZA).
AMT Fruit internal policies include Terms and Conditions of Supply. In these, suppliers are required to comply with all applicable laws and policies as a minimum. If any suppliers do not meet these terms they would be suspended, held under review and supply terminated if we cannot work on resolving the issues to a satisfactory level.
Our policies and practices include:
- Ethical Requirements which state suppliers must comply with the ETI Base Code. Suppliers are required to declare conformance and ability to provide evidence of compliance with this requirement
- Ethical Sourcing Principles
- Whistleblowing Policy for our UK employees
- Employee Assistance Program
- A pro-active approach to Ethical audit non-conformances
Key members of AMT Fruit have attended the Stronger Together UK Modern Slavery workshop. Colleagues, including Board Members, from UK and international group businesses, came together to further understand the issue of Modern Slavery and discuss current and future plans to address these issues.
Technical, Procurement and Quality Team members receive ETI training bespoke to our own supply chain risks. Within our UK businesses, each employee’s induction includes a section on understanding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking issues.
Assessment of Modern Slavery Risk Within Our Supply Chain
We recognise the possibility of risks developing due to the impact of external factors such as armed conflict, migration and climate change. As political and socioeconomic conditions change, we will review our approach to supply chain management on a seasonal basis.
Together with the Tesco Sustainable Sourcing Team and their team members located at source, we are collaborating with exporters, growers, NGO’s and local government to help identify and support new ways of working.
The AMT Fruit Senior Management Team, together with Tesco, are committed to the identification and eradication of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in our operations and supply chains.
Lead responsibility for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 sits with Mr Jon Hedge, AMT Fruit COO. Jon reports into the AMC Group global CEO.