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MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION.
NIC OUR BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS.
POLICIES IN RELATION TO MODERN SLAVERY.
AND DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES.
PLANS FOR 2020.
 
INTRODUCTION
STATEMENT
Under the provision of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) NIC UK and it’s inter group companies Marcantonio Foods Ltd and Call Caterlink Ltd must state the necessary actions taken during the financial year to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their operations and supply chains.
Modern slavery is ‘a hidden crime that encompasses slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking’. We take zero tolerance approach to this and are strongly committed to playing a part in eradicating. We understand the importance of transparency within our supply chain in driving collaborative action and the potential impact of the Act on reducing risks and incidence of slavery.
This statement refers to the financial year ending April 2020.
Statement approved by Nic UK Board
Nicholas Venditti
Chief Operations Director.
 
OUR BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS
 
NIC UK and its inter-companies supply manufactured food and traded goods into UK retail and trade specialising into the ice cream markets. We currently sell food, syrups, ice cream mixes and emulsifiers including non-food packaging. Our products are manufactured and packaged within our BRC accredited facilities within the UK and procured from business for trade throughout Europe. We currently have 2 manufacturing sites and a bagging operation and contact to numerous B2B and 3rd party supply.
We currently employ circa 200 personnel over the three operations to serve our manufacturing facilities and deliver to our consumer requirements. Our company and managers reflect this commitment and, as a business, will assist where practically possible, with the eradication of modern slavery. We believe that the trade and business partnership that we have with our European partners should have a positive impact, creating jobs and opportunities.
NIC UK is fully committed to working in partnership with our suppliers, service providers and colleagues to address these challenges and ensure remediation for any victims.
 
 
POLICIES IN RELATION TO MODERN SLAVERY
 
NIC UK recognises the need to respect human rights as well as remedying any areas where abuse is identified or suspected. Our approach to modern slavery sits within our Human Rights Policy and is applicable to all NIC company’s and sets out our obligation to colleagues, customers and those within our supply chain. Our Ethical Trading Policy sets out specific commitments and obligations to the supply chain in compliance with the ETI base code.  
We take any allegations extremely seriously and provide independent contact (Whistleblowing lines) that enable our colleagues, suppliers and their staff to raise concerns.
Compliance against these requirements is discussed in detail at regular board meetings chaired by our Chief Executive who is overall responsible to deliver our human rights policy.
We are willing to work collaboratively with others to address issues that we are unable to do or act on alone. As part of this we support the following three principles:
Every worker should have freedom of movement.
No worker should pay for a job.
No worker should be indebted or coerced to work.
 As part of our recruitment practices and where possible we will recruit internally, via the web or word of mouth. External resources such as recruitment agencies are used where necessary however where needed, our policies ensure that we actively recruit from within the UK i.e. unless agreed by senior site management helping to reduce human trafficking. Our recruitment practices prohibit charging workers’ fees for work and therefore eliminating debt bondage. We do not offer accommodation.
Temporary employees are guaranteed a minimum working week by prior agreement and where possible have ability to become a permanent employee should a position arise. We offer fair wages to our labour providers based on No. hours worked and national living wage.
PLANS FOR 2020
Our plan is to ensure that our manufacturing sites within the UK are audited to SMETA 6. We will also be submitting new SAQ questionnaires to our suppliers asking for all sites that we work collaboratively with to link into our network by membership to SEDEX and ensure as minimum all questionnaires online are complete. We will continue to develop and maintain our existing Human resource policies in line with the ETI base code.
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