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Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking of adults or children, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

This statement and policy sets out the steps that The Meaningful Chocolate Company has taken during the current financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any of its supply chains or in any part of its own business.

Policy and supply chains

The Meaningful Chocolate Company has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

Risk assessment and due diligence process

We have conducted an assessment of the risks, both external and internal, of slavery and human trafficking, including country risks, sector risks and business partnership risks.

Where we have identified higher risk areas in our supply chains, appropriate due diligence has been undertaken to satisfy ourselves that the parties concerned have in place ethical employment practices that comply with all relevant legislation including, where applicable, the making of an Anti-Slavery statement pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. In particular:

  • Our chocolate couverture is purchased using a transparent and fully traceable supply chain which is audited by independent modern slavery monitoring bodies.
  • Reports from monitoring bodies are checked regularly.

Where suppliers have not published an Anti-Slavery Statement, they are required to confirm that they have in place such ethical employment practices and that they, in turn, require their suppliers to have the same.

Meaningful Chocolate will continue to monitor the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains and its own business, and we will act and report accordingly.

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the current financial year.

It has been approved and authorised by the Board of Directors of Meaningful Chocolate Company Ltd.

David Marshall, CEO  1.1.23