Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

Policy Statement

Boutinot Ltd commits to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling Modern Slavery in Business and Supply chains.  The Company acknowledges responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will ensure transparency within the organisation and with suppliers of goods and services to the organisation.

Coverage

This policy applies to Boutinot Ltd and all its suppliers of goods and services.

Organisational Structure and supply chains

Boutinot is a family of people who believe that business should operate around a set of values and principles.  We are grape growers, wine makers, wine importers, wine suppliers and exclusive agents for over 140 of the world’s finest and award winning wine producers. At Boutinot we “Live Wine” and “Love People”.

We operate wine production businesses in France and South Africa and as a joint venture in Italy and import wine from the following countries where seasonal work may be utilised; Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA.

All our suppliers of wine are subject to our Supplier Approval Procedure and are required to complete a Supplier Approval Questionnaire which assesses, amongst other things, their ethical trading standards.  The Technical Score Card Data is reviewed and monitored by our in-house Technical Manager.

Responsibility

The Company Directors and senior management shall take responsibility for implementing this policy statement and its objectives and shall provide adequate resources and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the organisation and within its supply chains.

Policy Commitments

Boutinot Ltd shall:

  • Designate appropriate managers within the business to have responsibility for developing and operating company procedures relevant to this issue.
  • Operate a due diligence process with respect to slavery and human trafficking for choosing our suppliers, as appropriate to our supply chain.
  • Accept that job finding fees are a business cost, and will not allow these to be paid by job applicants.  The Company will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a work finding fee.
  • Ensure that all staff responsible for directly recruiting workers are aware of issues around third party labour exploitation and signs to look for.
  • Ensure that labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes are under the control of trusted and competent staff members.
  • Adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and police.
  • Provide information on tackling “Hidden Labour Exploitation” to our workforce through workplace posters and our Company intranet.  A full copy of this policy and a copy of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 will be accessible to employees electronically and can be obtained from the People department upon request.
  • Encourage workers to report cases of hidden third party labour exploitation, provide the means to do so and investigate and act on reports appropriately.
  • Require labour providers and other organisations in the labour supply chain to adopt policies and procedures consistent with the above.

Michael Moriarty – Director

1st September 2017

Boutinot Wines