Modern Slavery Statement

Following the guidelines of the (UK) Modern Slavery Act 2015 and similiar legistaliation in The Republic of Ireland, primarily the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008, as amended by the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013.2, the below information details Eat Feed Limited t/a fiid’s policy on modern slavery. 


The policy of  fiid is to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner, and to comply with all applicable legislation. 


BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Fiid’s principle activity is to market and distribute plant based meals and food products to the retail sector. The Company’s head office is based in Ireland, and is currently importing goods to the UK, UAE, Iceland and the US. 


MODERN SLAVERY

Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. 40 million people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery worldwide:

  • 1 in 4 of them are children.
  • Almost three quarters (71%) are women and girls.
  • Over 10,000 were identified as potential victims by the authorities in the UK in 2019.

The most common types of modern slavery are: 

  • Human trafficking. The use of violence, threats or coercion to transport, recruit or harbour people in order to exploit them for purposes such as forced prostitution, labour, criminality, marriage or organ removal.
  • Forced labour. Any work or services people are forced to do against their will under threat of punishment.
  • Debt bondage/bonded labour. The world’s most widespread form of slavery. People trapped in poverty borrow money and are forced to work to pay off the debt, losing control over both their employment conditions and the debt.
  • Descent–based slavery. Most traditional form, where people are treated as property, and their “slave” status was passed down the maternal line.
  • Slavery of children. When a child is exploited for someone else’s gain. This can include child trafficking, child soldiers, child marriage and child domestic slavery.
  • Forced and early marriage. When someone is married against their will and cannot leave. Most child marriages can be considered slavery.1

OUR APPROACH TO MODERN SLAVERY

We strive to ensure that neither modern slavery nor human trafficking supports our supply chain. We aim for a zero-tolerance approach to violations of anti-slavery and human trafficking laws.. We are sensitive and aware of the risk and our goal is to ensure these activities do not happen across our supply chain or business functions. 


All team members within the Company have a statutory obligation to report knowledge or suspicion of slavery or human trafficking. Any genuine suspicion or knowledge of slavery or human trafficking is to be immediately reported to the Leadership Team, who will decide what further action. 


If breaches of these laws are found within our supply chain, Fiid will review the continuation of business with individuals and organisations found to be involved in slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour and retains the right to cease business with such individuals and organisations on this basis.


OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

Our supply chain includes the sourcing of raw materials and packaging from approximately 22 different countries. We work closely with our manufacturing partners and suppliers to ensure that any raw materials and packaging are ethically sourced, and that our suppliers have credible certifications and regulatory standards. 


Moving forward we will be implementing thorough supplier screening and risk assessments, ensuring we are only trading with suppliers with an ethical trading status. 


OUR TEAM

Our team is based in Ireland and the UK. All our team members have a written contract of employment and have access to the Company handbook. 


Our Head of Culture and Capability, a trained permanent member of our Leadership team, leads our recruitment and hiring with the other members of the Leadership team. Fiid utilises Agencies for hiring, only to identify candidates and all interviews are led by our Head of Culture and Capability and a member of the Leadership team. At the hiring stage, all employees must present a right to work in the form of a passport or applicable Visa. 


All our team members can see information which the Company holds on their behalf through our HR system, PeopleHR. 


Market-related pay and reward, is reviewed annually in line with regional and industry standards and all applicable legislation, including minimum and living wage. 


The fiid Whistleblowing Policy is highlighted to all team members in our Company handbook. This policy facilitates and encourages team members to raise concerns or disclose information, which relates to wrongdoing, illegal practices or unethical conduct, which may come to their attention through work (including concerns that may relate to modern slavery and human trafficking).


LOOKING FORWARD

We want to educate our team and business partners to understand the issues of modern slavery and how to report any suspicions. Our approach to modern slavery and human trafficking risk will continue to evolve and we will continue to mitigate these risks through the provisions mentioned above during 2022 and beyond.


ACTIONS

  • Team training on modern slavery and how to conduct risk assessments
  • Thorough sustainable supplier screenings with all suppliers, completed by 2023
  • Continuous development of our policies to ensure ethical practices


Shane Ryan, CEO



Sources

  1. What is Modern Slavery,https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/modern-slavery/