Modern Slavery Statement. Financial Year 2017/2018
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Welcome Break has taken, and is continuing to take, to ensure that neither modern slavery nor human trafficking takes place in our business or supply chain. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour.
Welcome Break has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Who we are
Welcome Break is one of the UK’s leading independent motorway service providers operating 365 days a year and attracting 85 million motorway customers annually. We also operate 22 Days Inn and 7 Ramada hotels across the UK motorway network.
Formed in 1959, Welcome Break now has over 55 years’ experience in the sector and more than 5500 employees who strive to proudly and passionately offer our customers world class food and retail brands such as Waitrose, Starbucks, Harry Ramsden’s, Krispy Kreme, WH Smith, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Express in a friendly and relaxing environment.
Our supply chain
Welcome Break operates and maintains a preferred supplier list. All our key staff and buying team are made aware of the potential risks associated with modern slavery and human rights.
Due diligence is conducted on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that their particular organisation has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery.
Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and we take all precautions to ensure no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
On occasions where purchasing and supply chain are not directly involved in the engagement of suppliers, the relevant heads of each business function, such as IT, Finance, Estates and People, have responsibility for their department’s compliance with our purchasing policies.
We operate internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner
1. Recruitment policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
2. Pay policy: All of our team members are paid by bank transfer and we do not allow payment to be made to a third party bank account, thus minimising the risk of forced or compulsory labour.
3. Relationships at work: We do employ family members, however, where possible we avoid this being a direct reporting relationship and where it is, their line manager and the People Team are made aware and monitor the working relationship.
4. Whistleblowing policy: We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
5. Review the modern slavery polices: On engagement of new our suppliers we exercise due diligence checks to ensure that no part of their business contradicts our policy.
Our performance indicators
We will ensure the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain by:
1. Confirming no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
2. Continuing to strengthen our supply chain auditing and verification, and reviewing our existing controls and systems that we have in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 22 August 2018.