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COLTURE MODERN SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT

Introduction

At Colture, we operate a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. As such, we have taken certain steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2020.

Our business and supply chains

This statement is made on behalf of Colture. References in this statement to “Colture”, “we”, “us” or “our” are to this company.

Colture was created in 2020 to produce and sell coffee beans, brewing equipment and related accessories. Our team primarily operates out of Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.

We have established a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.

Colture has never been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking or slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if such issues were to be alleged, we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to all relevant authorities.

Supply lines

Colture’s supply lines mainly consist of the following:

  • Catering, food and beverage supply services

  • Equipment supply

  • Insurance services

  • IT and digital services

  • Financial services

  • Marketing and design services

  • Merchandise licensing and supply services

  • Photography services

  • Public relations and media services

  • Publishing services

  • Security services

  • Utilities supply

Risk assessment

In the last year, we have conducted a stringent risk assessment of our supply chain, taking several factors into account: 

  • The business services rendered by the suppliers;

  • The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index;

  • The presence of vulnerable demographic groups; and

  • A news analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups.

This assessment determines the risk controls that we implement.

Policies

Colture operates the following policies in order to identify and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

  • Purchasing Code: We have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.

  • Whistleblowing Policy: We encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation.

  • Code of Conduct: Our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.

Supplier due dilligence

Colture conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:

  • Auditing the suppliers, and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts;

  • Assessing risks in the provision of particular services;

  • Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices; and

  • Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements.