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Modern Slavery Statement

Shepherd Neame – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement sets out the steps that Shepherd Neame has taken during our financial year to ensure that modern day slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in our organisation or in our supply chains. This statement will be reviewed annually.

The Company acknowledges responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the relating definitions set out within.

Organisational Structure and Activities
Shepherd Neame is an independent family business and Britain’s oldest brewer.

Our core business is built around brewing and packaging of beer and a provider of Public House and Hotel facilities. Our operations are predominantly located in the South-East of England, with a reported turnover in 2020 of £123.6m.

The business is organised into three business units: Managed Pubs and Hotels, Tenancy and Licensed properties and Brewing & Brands.

 We maintain many relationships with different organisations in our supply chain, as well as directly employing approx. 1,350 employees throughout the business (@ Dec 2020).                     

Our Supply Chain
With regard to employment law, human rights and including the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we will continually review our existing compliance and risk management process. This will determine associated risk, detection and prevention of modern day slavery and human trafficking within our supply chain for products and services to the organisation.

Due Diligence Process
The company’s due diligence process into slavery and human trafficking:

  • Whilst our supply chain is predominantly UK and EU based and we would expect these entities to have applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures, we do import a small percentage of products and services from sources outside the UK and EU. These may potentially operate with an increased risk for slavery and human trafficking issues.

  • The business will not forge commercial relationships with any business knowingly involved with slavery or human trafficking. 

  • We will expect all who have, or seek a commercial relationship to familiarise themselves with The Modern Slavery Act and our anti-slavery values and act consistently within these.

  • We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers. 

  • We work in partnership with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.

  • We will continue to work in partnership with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) including continuously working to improve our audit procedures and results.

Effectiveness and Communication
Using key performance indicators to effectively measure the effectiveness of our policy we will:

  • Complete regular audits of our supply chain (questionnaires/ personal contact) to ascertain their understanding, compliance and set standard expectations.

  • We will undertake Agency Worker employment audits on a yearly basis.

  • We audit employment agencies within the Gangmasters Licensing Authority guidelines to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.

  • We will provide training to relevant members of staff

  • Our Directors will champion its understanding and implementation within the business and ensure Shepherd Neame is compliant with our policy.

  • We will communicate and work in partnership with our recognised Trade Union group to capture additional channels of communication to their membership, regarding the importance, implementation and management of suppliers under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

  • We will continue our membership with Sedex. They are one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisations, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

Our Policy on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Our attitude to modern slavery and human trafficking is zero tolerance and we expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values.

If a supplier is found to be demonstrating unacceptable practices they will be investigated and provided with guidance regarding immediate required improvements.
If no improvement is implemented or they indicate an unwillingness to cease unacceptable practices they will be reported to the appropriate authorities and ultimately trading with this supplier would cease.

Company policies assist the organisation to assess, prevent and mitigate the risk of modern slavery existing in the organisation and its supply chains. These include:

  • Modern Slavery policy

  • Purchasing Policy

  • Grievance policy

  • Whistle-blowing policy


This statement has been approved by the company’s board of directors.

Financial Year: 1st July to 30th June 
Financial Period: 2019/2020
Name: Glenda Flanagan
Position: Company Secretary
Date: Feb 2021