Values
Dovecote Park is proud to be a successful independent business, supplying the highest quality British beef through its dedicated supply chain in partnership with Waitrose. We are totally committed to the sustainable growth and delivery of a business founded on integrity and ethical principles that supports and adds value to the local community. Our aim is to become the employer of choice through a continual programme of investment and development in our people, production facilities, processes and products.


Our Core Values:


  • We will champion the highest quality produce and be the trusted supplier of British beef.                                                         
  • We will work in partnership with our farmers to deliver the highest standards of animal health, welfare and husbandry, with the aim of securing for them a commercially secure and environmentally sustainable future.                                                                            
  • We will provide a workplace that first and foremost is safe, but that also offers a pleasant working environment.                                 
  • We will treat everyone, customers, colleagues, suppliers and visitors with dignity and respect.                                                 
  • We will build teamwork, and development of competent and respected leadership through effective and practical communication.                    
  • We will support the local community so that Dovecote Park is a positive contributor to its locality.                                            
  • We will pursue environmental policies that reduce waste, make energy more efficient and will invest in technologies that assist in lessening our impact on the wider environment.                                                                                                            
  • We will strive to improve and excite our customer’s meat buying experience, through dedication to continuous product innovation.




Slavery Act Policy – July 2016

This statement sets out Dovecote Parks action which is aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business or supply chain. This statement will be updated annually to reiterate our commitment and any action we have taken.

Organisation Structure and Supply Chains

Dovecote Park is a dedicated and privately owned meat processing plant supplying beef, veal and venison to Waitrose supermarkets. The supply chain extends from the farmer rearing the cattle to ingredients and packaging. The organisation currently operates within the United Kingdom (UK) although some of its suppliers are not based in the UK.

High Risk Activities


The company believes that none of its activities or those of its suppliers are considered to be a high risk of slavery and human trafficking.

Responsibility

Responsibility for the organisations anti-slavery initiatives are as follows: -

Policies: The Board of Directors are responsible for the drafting and reviewing of the company’s policy on an annual basis.

Risk Assessments: The Purchasing Manager in conjunction with the Technical Manager will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all suppliers with the exception of Livestock which will be the responsibility of the Cattle Procurement Manager in conjunction with the HR Manager. They will jointly undertake any investigations and due diligence required  to ensure compliance or where there is a suspicion of any breaches under the Modern Slavery Act.

Training: All senior managers and the Purchasing Manager have attended training in the Modern Slavery Act. In-house training and communication will be designed and delivered by the HR team to all employees who have any direct/indirect relationship with suppliers. Producers will receive training designed and delivered by the HR team at training events that are run specifically for them. This will be based around the content of the ‘Stronger Together’ workshops.

Relevant Policies Dovecote Park operate strict adherence to the Ethical Trading Base Initiative Base Code (ETI Base Code). This is founded on the conventions  of the International Labour Organisation and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice. The company is also a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange which is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains and monitors adherence of all members against the principles of the ETI Base Code. Dovecote Park require all suppliers (with the exception of Livestock) to be Sedex registered. The organisation uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and verifies the practices of any new agency before accepting workers, and continues to carry out periodic audits to ensure continual compliance.

Due Diligence


The organisation will conduct risk assessments on all Livestock Producers to the business. In addition; the Responsible Sourcing Policy (issued to all existing and potential producers) will be amended to incorporate questions relating to the identification of any practices, that might indicate breaches of the Modern Slavery Act.

KPI’s


KPI’s are currently being developed in relation to the risk assessment of all suppliers, training for both employees and suppliers, raising awareness and adherence to the Modern Slavery Act. These will be incorporated into the annual setting and reviewing of individual KPI’s.

Training

The organisation has commenced its awareness programme by: -
· Displaying posters in noticeboards at both sites drawing attention to Modern Slavery
· Arranging for all cattle producers to be issued with information produced by Closer Together to be displayed on farms
· Extended is Confidential Help line to all producers and their employees (confidential telephone line - available in four different languages) to report any perceived breaches.
· Commencing a programme to ensure that all suppliers with the exception of Livestock are Sedex registered.
· Working in conjunction with Waitrose suppliers (HR team) to implement measures to raise awareness amongst producers.
· Livestock Field Staff have attended the Stronger Together workshops.

Signed by
Andrew McAllister
Managing Director
On behalf of the Board of Directors