Wholefoody Limited ("Wholefoody") was founded in Norwich, England, but has continued expanding since its inception. In line with its philosophy, Wholefoody is committed to responsible sourcing and eradicating forced labour and human trafficking from every aspect of its supply chain.
Compliance with Applicable Laws and Standards
Wholefoody is committed to a policy of complying with the law wherever it does business and maintaining high business conduct standards. As such, Wholefoody expects its suppliers to conform to all applicable national and local laws, regulations, and published industry standards pertaining to supplier operations and employee relations. In addition, Wholefoody expects its suppliers to adhere to its Supplier Code of Conduct, including requirements regarding labour rights and worker health and safety.
Wholefoody believes that all employees have a fundamental right to be treated with dignity and respect. Wholefoody condemns forced labour and human trafficking and will not knowingly work with suppliers who engage in these practices. Prohibited forced labour practices include slave labour, debt bondage, and involuntary servitude. Wholefoody defines human trafficking according to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, which includes any act of "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or a position of vulnerability or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation." Wholefoody expects its suppliers to ensure that no forced labour or human trafficking exists in their business operations; to procure ingredients, raw materials, and other components for Wholefoody's products from sources that do not utilise forced labour or human trafficking; and to not contract for the production of products for Wholefoody with subcontractors that use such practices.
To evaluate supplier compliance with Wholefoody's responsible sourcing standards, at minimum, Wholefoody reviews third party auditor reports and performs assessments of its suppliers' facilities.
All Wholefoody employees are expected to adhere to Wholefoody's Code of Business Conduct, which governs the legal and ethical standards for employee behaviour, including with respect to acceptable workplace practices.
In the United Kingdom, Wholefoody Limited has implemented a training program regarding Wholefoody Limited's responsible sourcing guidelines, underline its standards regarding forced labour and human trafficking. Wholefoody Limited is committed to continually evolving and expanding this training so that all necessary Team Members have the knowledge and tools to assess whether potential and current suppliers treat their employees and manage their operations in compliance with Wholefoody Limited's social responsibility standards. Responsible sourcing training documentation is available to all Wholefoody Limited employees who manage supplier relationships.
As Wholefoody continues to engage with suppliers domestically and internationally, we remain committed to human rights and acceptable work conditions in our supply chain.
This statement was reviewed in 2021 by Wholefoody's Supplier Quality Assurance team on behalf of Wholefoody Limited.