Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy

the UK's leader in dried fruits, nuts and seeds.


Slavery and Human Trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society as well as in the UK. We all have a responsibility to be alert to those risks, in our own business and in our supply chain. The Company acknowledges its responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and will work to ensure transparency within the business and with all suppliers to the business. The business will not associate with any business that is knowingly in breach of the Act and its expectations or which it knows is engaged in slavery or human trafficking.

Our Business

We are a food manufacturer, based in Irthlingborough, producing dry mixes, pulses, dried fruits, nuts and snacks supplying to the Retail, Manufacturing and Catering industries.

Organisation Structure

The site in Irthlingborough, where the head offices are based, consists of 7 manufacturing plants and 9 warehouses over a 26-acre property.

Supply Chain

Due to the nature of our products and operation we work with a global supply base.

Our Commitment

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern-day slavery and / or human trafficking in any part of our business and to doing all we can to ensure that this is also true of our suppliers and associates.

Our Policy reflects our commitment to acting morally, ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure, as far as we can, that slavery and / or human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.

We will ensure compliance within our Company but also expect our suppliers to ensure their own suppliers are also ethically aware and compliant.

We will encourage our suppliers with a total turnover in excess £36 million to also release a modern slavery statement of their own and publish in their relevant websites where applicable.

Our Due Diligence

  • We are audited by our customers against their individual Codes of Practice. Ethical Standards are part of the audit scope, it is a requirement that we are ethically compliant as this forms part of our own approval as suppliers.
  • We are also third party audited by accreditation bodies and ethical standards are also part of the audit scopes.
  • We are part of SEDEX and we are audited on a yearly basis against the Ethical Trading Initiative base code.
  • Internally, audits are carried out against customer and accreditation bodies’ codes of practice and standards.
  • All our raw material, packaging and indirect supply suppliers go through an approval process prior to commencement of supply, which can and will include self-assessment questionnaires and audits, designed to establish a risk rate and the relevant control measures to monitor supply.
  • As approval of supply is risk based, where a supplier is deemed to be of a higher risk, procedures are in place to closely monitor this by auditing the relevant suppliers. Audit frequency is also established according to the risk rating, the higher the risk the higher the frequency.
  • We have internal policies in place such as the Whitworths Supplier Ethical Code (which is sent to all our future suppliers at supplier approval stage) Social Accountability Policy and the Whistleblowing Policy.
  • The Company policies are accessible at all times within the intranet and for the individuals with no computer access, are easily and readily accessible by request or some of the policies can be found in the staff notice boards across the site.


This policy will be reviewed and published annually as required.


The business Directors and Senior Managers take responsibility for and are committed in the implementation of this policy and will invest in training and resources as required.