Interim Statement – 1st April 2021 to 30st  June 2021

Introduction

UK business and the wider UK economy has been negatively impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, that has had a disproportionate effect on the hospitality sector. The impact on bartlett mitchell has been further worsened by our main operating market within the ‘business and industry’ sector, where many corporate offices have remained closed.

As a result, our business and that of many of our supply chain partners have been in virtual hibernation since March 2019, limiting progress in strengthening our processes to identify and eliminate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain.

bartlett mitchell joined the WSH Group in November 2020, as part of the integration into the wider group, our procurement function and annual statement will now be driven by WSH Group activity. WSH are also members of Sedex.

WSH Group publish their annual statement at the end of June 2021 and the revised bartlett mitchell statement including 2021-2022 plan, will also be published at this time. bartlett mitchell will then follow this revised annual calendar.

Therefore, the brief statement below is presented as interim between 01.04.21 – 30.06.21.

Supply Chain Update

Due to the impact of furlough amongst out supplier teams it has not been possible to deliver on our planned Sedex Phase 1 or 2 activities:

  • Phase 1- Requiring all of our core suppliers to become members (Supplier B member) to remain a Preferred Supplier to our business
  • Phase 2 – Engaging collaboratively with our core Preferred Suppliers (once Sedex membership is confirmed, to review their suppliers, ideally down to source) to understand the potential risks associated in the areas of both origin and product type.

These Supply Chain activities will now be being carried forward and be included in the 2021/2022 objectives and included in future annual statements.

People and training our teams

Whilst bartlett mitchell operates exclusively in the UK and Ireland, we recognise that to guard against slavery and human trafficking closer to home in the UK (particularly with the supply of labour), it is vital to train, educate and raise awareness amongst our team members.

Actions taken in the last 12 months:

  • Our Anti-Slavery Policy has been communicated to all of our teams via our quarterly All Company ‘cup of tea’ training update calls
  • Our ‘Walkabout’ Staff handbook has been reissued to all team members ensuring that all new hires are aware of our Anti-Slavery Policy
  • As many sites have closed due to COVID-19, a full audit and gap analysis of all team member documentation held centrally has been caried out
  • Our Preferred Supplier staffing agencies have been audited for compliance.

Summary

The Pandemic has inhbited progress against our 2020/21 Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking objectives.

Our post-lockdown expectations are for a period of adjustment before returning to ‘new normal’ operating. We intend to regain momentum to realise activities to confirm zero slavery and people exploitation in our wider business and our downstream supply chains.