Modern Slavery Statement
for Financial Year 2017/18
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that McColl’s has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
McColl’s is a leading neighbourhood retailer, with an estate of 1,611 managed convenience stores and newsagents. We operate 1,279 McColl’s branded convenience stores as well as 332 newsagents branded Martin’s across the UK, except in Scotland where we operate under our heritage brand, RS McColl. In the past few years we have substantially grown our estate, principally through acquisition. We serve communities right across the UK and most of our stores are close to residential areas, in neighbourhoods and villages where customers really value all that our stores offer.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery which encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. The policy explains how colleagues can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help
- 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
- Speaking up in confidence policy. We operate a policy for colleagues who wish to speak up in confidence so that all colleagues know that they can anonymously raise concerns about practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of repercussions
McColl’s operates with a small number of preferred suppliers. We undertake due diligence to ensure that our suppliers have not been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery. Our policy on anti-slavery is reflected in any new contract with a supplier and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
When considering contracting with a new supplier, we expect:
- They have taken steps to assess, prevent and if necessary eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- Them to pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (as appropriate).
In 2017 we signed a new wholesale supply contract with Morrisons. We began to transition to Morrisons supply in January 2018 and in time they will supply the entire McColl’s estate*. They are the UK’s second largest fresh food manufacturer with 17 of their own sites making meat, fruit & vegetables, fish, bakery and fresh food products. This structure makes Morrisons different to other wholesale suppliers and gives them much greater visibility and control over a significant proportion of their supply chain, which they can use to reduce their risk and exposure to modern slavery.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 15 February 2018.
Chief Financial Officer
* Around 70% of our products are supplied via wholesale distribution partners, with the remaining specialist categories, including news, cards and food-to-go delivered direct to our stores.
Store number correct as at year ended 26 November 2017.