UK Modern Slavery
UK Modern Slavery
This statement, made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, sets out the approach taken by Verallia UK Limited to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and the actions undertaken to mitigate any such risks during the financial year ended 31st December 2022.
Verallia UK Limited is committed to delivering high standards of corporate governance and a key element of this is managing the Company in a socially responsible way. The Company aims to employ the highest ethical and professional standards and always to comply with all laws and legislation applicable to our business.
Part of the Verallia Group, the European leader and the world’s third largest producer of glass packaging for beverages and food products, Verallia UK Limited is a premium glass bottle manufacturer which designs, develops and manufactures luxury glass packaging.
A supplier of bespoke glass packaging to the spirits industry, we produce beautiful glass bottles for a range of iconic international brands whilst also supporting the very smallest craft producers of whisky and gin.
The Company has 640+ employees, across 4 sites in West Yorkshire.
Our manufacturing process includes significant volumes of materials and services, including energy, raw materials, moulds, consumables, packaging and logistics. As such we have a number of preferred suppliers for these materials and services, all of whom are expected to have noted our requirement and to have established similar arrangements in regard to our commitment to uphold ethical standards.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- 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.
- Whistleblowing Policy – we operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business, or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Ethical Trading Policy — which clearly sets out our commitment to ethical trading and the code of practice that we expect all our suppliers to work towards.
- Introduce an Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy and raise awareness of this policy internally.
- Implement the Verallia Group Supplier Charter to identify and mitigate risk in our supply chain and build on the approach deployed to ensure that we operate as far as possible free from enforced labouri human trafficking and slavery.
- No incidents of modern slavery are identified during ethical/compliance audits.
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
We do not have key performance indicators in relation to slavery or human trafficking, as any instance would be expected to be a breach of law, our supplier standards and/or our company policies. This statement is approved by the Senior Team and is signed on its behalf by Mr Alan Henderson, Managing Director: