Aramark – Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The Aramark Investments Limited slavery and human trafficking statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ and is made by Aramark Investments Limited on behalf of its Northern European operating companies.
Aramark Investments Limited (registered number 02808311), through its Northern European operating companies, provides food services and facilities management to organisations across a range of market sectors serving hundreds of clients across the UK in the business and industry, education, offshore, defence and healthcare markets. Aramark continuously undertakes activities to better understand its supply chain and is committed to challenging human trafficking and slavery.
- Aramark has been a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) since February 2012. SEDEX is a global membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. SEDEX supports Aramark in assessing its supply chain based on a supplier’s ethical credentials and commitments to adhering to relevant labour legislation.
- In 2018, Aramark developed an assessment programme in conjunction with SEDEX.
- The programme assesses supplier’s credentials, in terms of Labour Standards, Health and Safety, Environmental Stewardship and Business Ethics. The assessment findings rate the supplier’s compliance and highlights any risk for further investigation.
- All new and existing suppliers are expected to be registered members of SEDEX and to confirm that they adopt and continuously enforce relevant legislative requirements in relation to the use of labour throughout their supply chain.
- As of September 2019, Aramark had 117 SEDEX-registered suppliers, meaning those who supply directly to Aramark’s customer sites or via third party distribution channels. On a quarterly basis, Aramark reviews audit reports from its suppliers to identify potential issues; any issues identified are examined to ensure they comply with the standards set. If a supplier does not meet the standards set Aramark will work with the supplier to achieve this standard. If this is not possible or the supplier is unwilling to make the necessary changes Aramark will review the relationship with the supplier and potentially terminate the relationship. This is an ongoing process.
- Furthermore, all suppliers entering new contracts with Aramark are required to enforce relevant legislative requirements in relation to the use of labour throughout their supply chain.
Aramark is focused on ensuring that slavery and human trafficking does not occur within its UK business. As part of our commitment to improving our recruitment procedures, we have updated our interviewing skills course to include the following:
- Referencing the Modern Slavery Act and our corporate statement.
- How to access the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000121700.
- Understanding and compliance of Right to Work documentation.
- Furthermore, all new starters must complete our Policy and Procedures eLearning module that reflects the principles of our Modern Slavery Statement, and provides details of our Modern Slavery Helpline.
In conclusion, Aramark is committed, through its work with SEDEX and by embedding compliance into routine supplier selection, to collaborating with its stakeholders to improve transparency and tackle any occurrences of human trafficking or slavery.
Further information on Aramark’s approach to adhering to responsible business practices, such as through its ethics, health and wellbeing and community initiatives can be found at:
This statement has been approved by the board, is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 27 September 2019..
Aramark Investments Limited
24 March 2020