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Introduction

H Weston & Sons Ltd (“Westons Cider”) are committed to operating with the highest ethical and legal standards and best practice, ensuring that our internal business operations and operations within our supply chain always meet those standards.

Westons Cider is committed to comply with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The company also complies with the requirements of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code and is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).

Westons Cider is regularly audited by third parties to ensure that we comply with these standards as well as customer specific requirements through audits such as the SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA).

Structure

H Weston & Sons Ltd (“Westons Cider”) is an independent family run company, making award winning ciders and perry for 140 years.  H Weston & Sons Ltd was established in 1880 by founder Henry Weston. Helen Thomas, the current Managing Director of Westons Cider is a fourth-generation family member (Henry Westons great-granddaughter), who since 1996 has successfully grown the business to what it is today. Currently the business employees approximately 220 employees. We are so proud of our heritage, cider making skills and brand(s) that we put our family name on every single bottle.

Our Commitment

Westons Cider acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We understand that this requires an ongoing review of both our internal practices in relation to our labour force and additionally, our supply chains.

Westons Cider is required under the Modern Slavery Act to demonstrate the steps that we are taking to prevent modern slavery in our business and supply chains. This statement describes the steps we have taken and will take to prevent modern slavery.

We commit to the following:
  1. To train our Management Team and employees in line with the above-mentioned standards, the Act and other trade initiatives such as ‘Stronger Together’. To be vigilant to any signs relating to human trafficking and know what action to take in the event of such an occurrence.
  2. To ensure that our employees and agency workers work in a safe environment; where they feel comfortable to discuss any concerns they might have about colleagues’ wellbeing with their Line Manager, or a member of the HR Team, including any potential risk of human trafficking.
  3. To audit the employment agencies that we contract with: a minimum of an annual basis, and more frequently if needed.
  4. To refer to our Recruitment Policy when recruiting all new employees. Only using, when necessary, reputable employment agencies who have been previously screened by us.
  5. To advise and risk assess our suppliers within our supply chain and follow up with auditing where it is deemed necessary.
  6. To carry out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place within the company or its supply chains.
  7. To ensure all employees adhere to company policies and procedures relating to modern slavery.

Signed by Helen Thomas and approved by Board of Directors

6th April 2021

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