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Modern Slavery Statement 2020


Modern Slavery is a global and growing issue given the rapid rise of global migration. SPAR (UK) has a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind within our business and/or supply chain and all of us at SPAR (UK) have a responsibility to be alert to the risks of Modern Slavery no matter how small.  Our employees are expected to report their concerns and our management are expected to act upon them.  We are committed to constantly reviewing, updating and improving our practices to ensure that we are tackling slavery and human trafficking issues. 

About our business

SPAR (UK) has over 2,600 stores, comprising independent retailers and stores operated by 5 regional wholesalers, with national activity managed by SPAR (UK) at the central office.  SPAR (UK) is owned by such 5 regional wholesalers and provides a central service function primarily for buying and marketing. This statement also covers SPAR Food Distributors Ltd which is an investment company of the five regional distribution companies, and through its subsidiary company SPAR (UK) Limited, it provides all central services on their behalf. SPAR (UK) sells own brand & branded food, non-food and drink products.

Our Supply chains

Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials principally related to the provision of food and drink.

Our policies and contractual controls

In our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy we confirm: that SPAR (UK) will not tolerate any form of Modern Slavery; that SPAR (UK) are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships; that SPAR (UK) take seriously any allegations of Modern Slavery in our business and/ or supply chains; and  SPAR (UK) are committed to reviewing, updating and improving our practices to ensure that Modern Slavery is not taking place in our business and/or supply chains.

Due Diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

SPAR (UK) is a member of Sedex, and it is a condition in our supplier Technical Code of Practice that all SPAR suppliers are members of Sedex, allowing us to view their ethical data. This enhances our ethical standards within our supply chain.

Any suppliers who are not members of Sedex are required to complete a Supplier Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) until they become registered members of Sedex. With regard to the supply chain, our point of contact is preferably with a UK based company. We expect each entity in the supply chain to at least adopt one up due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us to have a direct relationship with all links in the supply chain.

Modern Slavery within our supply chains

All SPAR suppliers are requested to join Sedex as part of their supply contract, and we review our contractual documentation with our suppliers on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance with our policies in tackling Modern Slavery within the overall supply chain.  This gives us more diligence and better visibility, and helps us to educate and train our suppliers on Modern Slavery issues and compliance.

The Sedex platform allows members to map their supply chain, assessing industry sector and geographical risk. This assessment covers the entirety of our business, and in doing this assessment we can understand the biggest risks and we can steer our actions to have a positive impact.

Modern Slavery Training

All staff within SPAR UK Central Office are required to do an e-learning module on Modern Slavery so they are able to identify and report their concerns to the relevant people.  We also use our expert third party consultancy in Sedex to train key staff, so they understand what responsible sourcing is in order to use it in the context of SPAR’s operations.

We use the Sedex audit analysis tool to support the business in mapping risk and developing mitigation responses. 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the SPAR (UK) Modern Slavery statement for the financial year 2019/20.

All Directors and relevant members of staff have been briefed on this policy and its implications.

Louise Hoste


SPAR (UK) Limited