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Costcutter Supermarkets Group Ltd (“CSGL”) is committed to ensuring that slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking does not occur within its business or in any part of its supply chain. CSGL seeks to act ethically and with transparency in all its dealings and requires the same standards from its suppliers, contractors and business partners.
CSGL is one of the largest symbol groups in the UK with over 1,500 franchise stores trading under the brands Costcutter, Mace, Supershop, and Kwiksave. Founded in 1986 the organisation employs over 600 people nationwide with offices in York, Belfast and through a number of company-owned convenience stores within the community. Originally a family owned business CSGL is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Bestway Wholesale Limited, the largest independent food wholesaler in the UK, with over 60 Bestway and Batleys depots across England, Scotland and Wales.
CSGL is part of the Bestway Group of companies with the ultimate parent company being Bestway Group Limited. The Bestway Group of companies fully endorse the aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and take a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and across their business. CSGL is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking within its own business and in its transactions with other businesses.
CSGL respects and supports the rights of those employed by the organisation by ensuring that:
This year our teams have continued to work through the exceptional conditions associated with the Coronavirus Covid -19 pandemic. Through the various national and local restrictions maintaining our supply chain to our customers who serve local communities has been a vital lifeline for many. Despite a further year of unprecedented restrictions and our colleagues working in exceptionally difficult circumstances we have remained focused on our commitments in this statement.
In 2018 CSGL appointed Nisa Retail Limited (who were acquired by the Co-operative Group (“the Co- op”) in 2018 and are now operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Co-op) as its principal supplier. The organisation works closely with Nisa in relation to the supply of goods. The Co-op is a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), an organisation which helps our supplier manage suppliers’ performance on labour rights, as well as other matters such as health and safety, the environment and business ethics.
CSGL has implemented a Procurement and Supplier Management Policy setting out standards and principles that must be adhered to in all procurement. As part of its due diligence process CSGL will require all new suppliers to provide details of its procedures to prevent slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking. In addition CSGL requires that all suppliers comply with local and national laws and regulations.
CSGL will not work with any organisation or individual that has been found to be knowingly involved in modern slavery or corruption.
The Bestway Group of companies positively encourage employees to report any unlawful activity and/or any activity which may be in breach of policies and procedures through the Whistleblowing Policy. This includes any circumstances which may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.
Since publication of the Modern Slavery Statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2020, Bestway Wholesale Limited acquired CSGL and has undertaken the following:
The Board of Directors of CSGL have ultimate responsibility for the implementation of policies and procedures, including those related to ethical trading and modern slavery. The Board of Directors of CSGL is committed to implementing the following measures:
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes CSGL’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2020. It was approved by the board on 30 June 2021.
Dawood Pervez, Managing Director Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited
30 June 2021