Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
Hallgarten Wines, pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is required to publish a statement about the steps we have taken and will continue to take to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or our supply chain.
Modern Slavery can take many forms including servitude, forced labour and human trafficking. These all have common element of depriving an individual of their liberty to exploit them for personal or commercial gain
Hallgarten Wines is a leading UK based, wine only, wholesale distributor of wines. We sell to premium restaurants, national grocers, hotels and independent retailers nationwide. We also sell to a number of International customers. Our supply chain is sourced from the premium producers around the world, from a mix of developed and developing countries
Hallgarten Wines Limited: We have a zero tolerance approach to Slavery & Human Trafficking and have direct control over our commercial activities in the UK. We are happy to give a 100% assurance that every person directly employed within our business is done so legally. We only work with specified, reputable agencies to source labour and we run checks on new employees including eligibility to work in the UK to safeguard against human trafficking or any individual being forced to work against their will.
Our Supply Chain: We are reliant upon third party organisations in two key areas of our operations:
- Transportation of wines from source (normally outside the UK) to the UK, storage of the same wines in UK warehousing and finally onward delivery of these wines to our customer-base nationwide.
- Wine producing businesses across the world – currently 23 countries and 199 suppliers
With these third party organisations, we have, or plan to have, systems in place to identify and mitigate risk.
- Ensuring that all new suppliers adhere to our Code of Conduct which includes statements from them confirming that they abide by the Modern Slavery Act.
- Methodically working through our existing supply-base to:
- Identify and engage higher risk and higher volume suppliers to convey our Anti-Slavery policy to gain written assurance from them that they abide by our Code of Conduct. Our commitment is to have these undertakings in place by the end of 2017. This group of suppliers includes three large suppliers: London City Bond (contracted to warehouse and deliver all of our UK stocks), Wineflow (responsible for the majority of our European shipments to the UK) and Albatrans (responsible for the majority of our deep sea shipments to the UK)
- Work through the remaining suppliers, whether low risk or low volume, to ensure that by the end of 2018 all suppliers have been confirmed as confirming to our Code of Conduct.
- Protecting any whistleblowers internal or external to our company
- Putting in to place a rolling programme of review and spot-checking of all suppliers
Additional Statement: It is worthy of note that the majority of wine producers world-wide are reliant upon employing a large number of casual seasonal workers during the highly labour-intensive period of harvest each year. This fact – common across our industry - presents challenges to Hallgarten Wines in terms of being able to systematically verify that all seasonal pickers and workers employed by our suppliers are done so legally and subject to the terms and spirit of the Modern Slavery Act. Nevertheless, Hallgarten, is seeking assurances from all suppliers and working with them to identify how best to give us the level of assurance that we require. We believe this policy is appropriate to our business.