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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
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.
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 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.
The organisation has commenced its awareness programme by: -
· Displaying posters in noticeboards at both sites drawing attention to
· 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.
On behalf of the Board of Directors