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Integrity and Ethical Trading

The Kerfoot Group

During Fairtrade Fortnight 2014, The Kerfoot Group would like to take the opportunity to highlight our ethical trading policy and our stance on labour standards. We are committed to highly ethical business practices, and we pride ourselves on our careful choice of manufacturers. As a leading company within the vegetable and speciality oil industry, we are not afraid to use our influence and position to take a strong stance on any form of slave labour. We do not condone or accept slave labour in any way and we enforce this strict policy on all our suppliers.

The Kerfoot Group expects integrity from our employees, suppliers and customers. We fully support the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation. As a minimum we comply and expect our suppliers to comply with all relevant local and national laws particularly with respect to working hours, conditions, health and safety, pay and minimum age of employment. We work with suppliers to ensure that labour standards are monitored and improved through the supply chain and build relationships that encourage transparency of information.

We are members of Sedex, a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. We support global initiatives that work with factory workers across the world to ensure they receive fair treatment and support in the workplace. Often in the 3rd world, work is the only option for children as there is no education, financial support or other from the state. We believe in helping to provide an opportunity to look for other solutions, such as a basic education, safe place to stay or a hot meal for the children while the parents work.

Our ethical policy constitutes minimum not maximum standards and we continuously work with our trading partners to encourage and assist in exceeding these minimums. Whilst it is not always the right thing to do to cease trading with a supplier purely because they employ children, we do not hesitate to walk away from suppliers who fail to meet these conditions and do not provide the standard of working environment that we require. We are fully in support of human rights activity, monitoring and investigations, and give our full cooperation to ensure those global names who continue to ‘support’ child labour and poor working conditions are brought to justice.

Nicola Lyons, HR Coordinator

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