Modern Slavery

Kervan Gida UK Ltd recognises its responsibilities under The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is committed to promoting ethical working practices ensuring the fair treatment for all workers throughout all parts of the supply chain.

This statement sets out the Company’s expectations, standards, and principles in relation to the fair treatment of all workers who are involved in the supply chain from source to store. We expect all businesses that interact with our Company to operate a zero-tolerance approach to any form of slavery, forced labour, child labour, human trafficking, or any form of discrimination.

Company Structure

We are importers and distributors of sugar confectionery. Our head office is in Istanbul, Turkey, and our trading office is in the UK.

The products that we import and distribute are manufactured by our parent company, Kervan Gida, at factories in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

Our parent company, Kervan Gida, and its factories and facilities undergo annual audits including the SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) to understand, improve and upkeep the working conditions of its sites. As such we have obtained and maintained Sedex accreditation.

In the UK, we have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

Supply Chains

We expect all businesses in our supply chain to adhere to these principles in conducting their business to protect against any such abuse. The standards we expect from all businesses within our supply chain are to uphold and maintain ethical practices which are to include:

  • No forced labour, involuntary labour, slavery or human trafficking
  • No child labour or child exploitation
  • Not to discriminate against any individual on any basis including, but not limited to, in
  • relation to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability or political
  • opinions
  • Providing equal opportunities within the workplace
  • Ensuring all workers are shown dignity and respect within the workplace
  • Ensuring that workers’ pay complies with local laws, including in relation to minimum wage
  • requirements, working hours and working time regulations
  • Providing workers, a safe, hygienic place of work which operate a Safe System of Work and
  • comply with Health and Safety and Environmental laws
  • Respecting workers’ right to join a trade union or labour organisation of their choice
  • Acting at all times with openness, honesty and integrity in relation to communication with
  • workers and other businesses within the supply chain, including Kervan Gida UK Ltd
  • Not engaging in any form of corruption and/or bribery in relation to business dealings with
  • the Company or any other organisation
  • Adopting an open book, transparent and co-operative method of communication with the
  • Company or any of our representatives in relation to any investigation into any breach of
  • this statement, which may include any mitigating circumstances or corrective measure
  • which are put in place.
Adherence to Our Values

We have a zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect those in our supply chain and other contractors or agents to comply with our values.

We expect the same high standards from all our internal team members, officers, contractors, suppliers, agents, and any other person contracted by us or on our behalf. We also expect that no one will use forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, and that no one is held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

The company’s Directors are responsible for compliance in their respective teams and for their team’s supplier relationships.

Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking

We use the following methods to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • Regular visits with suppliers, agents and other persons contracted by us
  • Monitoring of the group’s annual Sedex accreditation
  • Monitoring of recruitment and payroll systems within the business
  • Open communication with Suppliers regarding our values and expectations

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

Stuart Johnston
Managing Director
Kervan Gida UK Ltd