Statement on the Modern Slavery Act

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.

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As part of its commitment to combatting modern slavery CSGL has, in addition to other policies which support its activities in this area, specifically introduced an Anti-Slavery Policy.


CSGL is one of the largest symbol groups in the UK with over 2,600 members trading under the brands Costcutter, Mace, Supershop and Kwiksave. Founded in 1986 the organisation employs over 900 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 the Bibby Line Group Ltd, a company that has traded for over 200 years.


CSGL respects and supports the rights of those employed by the organisation by ensuring that:

•All employees are eligible to work in the UK to safeguard against human trafficking and protect those who may be forced to work against their will;

•All employees are provided with a safe and healthy workplace;

•All employees are provided with a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment of any kind;

•Concerns can be raised by any employee without fear or repercussion pursuant to the organisation’s Whistleblowing Policy; and

•Standards and principles as detailed in the organisation’s Corporate Ethics, Bribery and Anti-corruption Policy are communicated to employees and that corruption in all forms is prohibited.


CSGL has appointed Palmer & Harvey McLane Ltd as its principal supplier and the organisation works closely with this primary supplier in relation to the supply of goods. In addition CSGL has appointed in excess of 400 additional suppliers who supply goods and services directly to the stores of CSGL’s members.

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 is committed to auditing its suppliers on an annual basis to determine where risks may arise in the supply chain and thereafter it shall act in conjunction with that supplier to reduce the risk of slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking within its supply chain. In addition CSGL will undergo a review of all contractual terms to address any such risks.

CSGL will not work with any organisation or individual that has been found to be knowingly involved in modern slavery or corruption.


CSGL will ensure that all employees, suppliers, contractors and business partners are informed and understand the policies that support the organisation’s standard and values. In addition CSGL will ensure that all those directly involved in procurement and supply chain management receive training in relation to the identification and mitigation of the risks in relation to slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking.

CSGL is committed to continue to review it policies and processes to ensure the highest standards within its business and supply chain.

This statement is made pursuant to s54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by the CEO of CSGL on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO Costcutter Supermarkets Group Ltd, 15 June 2017