F+R is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. As an equal opportunities’ employer, we are committed to creating and ensuring non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff.
ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE AND SUPPLY CHAINS
F+R is a leading online fine wine and spirits merchant, buying and selling fine wines and spirits alongside providing cellar management for our customers. We currently operate in the UK, Asia & Europe and employ ninety employees across the global markets. The company was founded and has been trading since 1994.
We work with a network of producers, agents, reservists, and private clients across the globe to source, supply, store and sell fine wine and spirits internationally.
Responsibility for our anti-slavery initiatives including company policies, risk assessment, due diligence and training is lead and managed by the Director, People + Talent with support for the CEO and Leadership Group.
We operate the following internal policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking to ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Our policy makes it clear that bribery is a criminal offence and is prohibited. The policy actively encourages employees or persons working on behalf of F+R to report any suspected act of bribery, even if the individual has not been personally involved.
Bullying and Harassment Policy.
We are committed to ensuring employees have the right to work in an environment free from abuse, bullying and harassment or degrading treatment.
Employee Code of Conduct.
Our code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.
Equal Opportunities Policy.
Our policy ensures the equality of opportunities is embedded in our employment practices and procedures and are always adhered to.
Recruitment and Selection Policy.
We use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verify the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.
We encourage all our workers, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
F+R use a wide range of independent wine producers, traders, and distributors across the world. The importing, exporting and transportation of the products we buy, sell and store is contracted out to third parties.
We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. With this in mind, we are in the process of updating supplier terms and conditions alongside the supplier code of conduct to ensure suppliers continue meet the standards of the code.
We continue to undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly review our existing suppliers. Our due diligence and reviews include:
mapping the supply chain broadly to assess product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier;
reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
participating in collaborative initiatives focused on human rights in general, and slavery and human trafficking in particular "Stronger together" initiatives.
We have reviewed our key performance indicators (KPIs). As a result, we:
continue to create awareness and provide guidance to all employees who have direct responsibility for the relevant supply chains.
Continue to evaluate suppliers before they enter the F+R supply change.
Review all existing suppliers regularly based on risk throughout 2022.
We require all staff within our organisation to complete introductory training on modern slavery with particular emphasis on managers and employees who work directly with our supply chain.
Our modern slavery training covers:
how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, including resources and support available.
how to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking.
what initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected.
how to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within our organisation.
what external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline.
As well as training staff, we continue to raise awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across our head office and providing information on our company intranet.
This statement has been approved by the business’s Board of Directors, who review and update it annually.
Director's name: Patrick O’Connor
Date: 13th July 2022