Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking December 2016
OP Chocolate Ltd (hereafter “OP” or “OP Chocolate”) strongly opposes slavery and human trafficking and rejects any form of forced labour. This statement establishes our commitment to understanding the risks and ensuring there is no modern slavery occurring in our business or supply chains.
This statement relates to the financial year January to December 2016.
Organisational Structure and Supply chains
OP Chocolate Ltd is located in South Wales and is owned by CEMOI Group, whose head office is based in France. As a chocolate and chocolate based confectionery producer OP’s supply chain begins in cocoa producing regions such as The Ivory Coast where CEMOI Group is actively developing and leading sustainable development programmes such as ‘Transparence Cocoa’.
OP Chocolate sources various other raw materials and where possible these are sourced locally from Wales and other parts of the UK.
OP’s customers are retail businesses. A large proportion of OP’s key customers are part of the Stronger Together initiative promoting the issue of Modern Slavery.
The Managing Director has responsibility for leading the company Modern Slavery initiatives. The senior management team has responsibility for developing and promoting these initiatives for the future both internally and throughout the supply chain. The HR Development Manager has responsibility for communicating and implementing the initiatives throughout the business.
Steps in place
OP Chocolate Ltd has undertaken a SMETA audit (ethical trade audit for SEDEX members) of itself which tested 2 pillars, Labour Standards and Health and Safety against UK legislation, good practice as defined by SEDEX and the ETI base code.
OP Chocolate Ltd is in the process of encouraging all of its suppliers to join SEDEX where they can be risk assessed using the SEDEX risk assessment tool to establish a risk rating. Those identified as high risk will be required to communicate to OP the steps they will carry out to then reduce the risk and ensure incidences of Modern Slavery are not occurring.
OP Chocolate conducts twice yearly audits of its agency labour provider which includes agency labour surveys and investigative interviews.
In order to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking, all factory staff receive training on Stronger Together principles involving how to identify and report possible occurrences. Posters and leaflets are displayed throughout the site on the subject and available support.