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Modern Slavery Policy

This is Côte Restaurants Holdings Group Ltd.’s second Modern Slavery Policy Statement. Since the initial statement in April 2017, we have built on our commitments to identify and eradicate Modern Slavery in our Operations. Further details will be laid out in the following statement.

Organisation structure

Côte Restaurants Group Holdings Ltd. encompasses 3 brands (Côte Restaurants Ltd, Jackson + Rye Ltd and Limeyard Ltd) operating over 90 locations across the United Kingdom.

We operate with a turnover in excess of £140m and employ over 3,400 people across our restaurants.

Our supply chains include the provision of food and drink products, using over 70 suppliers, along with various other support goods and services, such as building maintenance and technology suppliers, to enable us to provide meals and drinks to our guests in our businesses.

 

Côte Restaurants Holdings Group Ltd. statement on slavery and human trafficking

We have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of mistreatment of people and we are committed to operating and conduct of its business in such a way that human rights are respected and protected. We will not permit or condone any form of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour or human trafficking.

We recognise that our business has a role to play in managing this issue and we are firmly committed to working to identify and eradicate modern slavery practices from our operations and our supply chains, to the extent that they exist.

 

Recruitment and supply chains

Recruitment

We operate a robust recruitment and employment process. We embrace principles supportive of equal treatment without discrimination and with the protection of employment law for all staff.

They are broadly based on principles developed by the United Nations and Institute for Human Rights and Business regarding migrant workers. However, we have chosen to extend relevant principles to all our staff.

We treat all staff equally; without discrimination and with respect for their human rights. All staff enjoy the protection of relevant UK law in respect of their employment.

Côte Restaurants Ltd. selects approved recruitment partners for certain types of jobs.  Approved partners are reviewed on a regular basis.

Over the last year, we have completed an Environmental and Social Governance review thus enabling us to identify further areas of opportunities to strengthen our controls over Modern Slavery.

 

Supply chain

Our supply chain includes over 40 food and drinks suppliers and in excess of 25 contractors covering all aspects of building maintenance to technology suppliers.

Since the publication of our initial Modern Slavery Policy Statement, we have created a Code of Conduct for all our suppliers. This Code of Conduct will be distributed to all suppliers and contractors and we will report on responses from our suppliers and contractors in our next statement.

We have completed the initial stages of our supplier mapping and aim to have our supply chain fully mapped in time for our next policy review.

 

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

We have a policy in place to protect whistle blowers who highlight to us any risk of slavery or human trafficking within our business.

 

We will continue to communicate our expectations to team members, suppliers and contractors with regards to human rights and modern slavery.

 

Training

Since the initial publication of our statement in April 2017, we have implemented an online training and communication tool available to all team members, managers and members of our Operations team. This training tool provides us with the opportunity to implement Anti-bribery, Equality and Diversity and Modern Slavery training for managers at all levels.

 

Further steps

Côte Restaurants Holdings Group Ltd. will be reviewing and updating its Modern Slavery Policy and policy statement annually. We will build on our commitments to further map out our supplier chain, ensure all our suppliers have committed to the principles laid out in our Code of Conduct and ensure that training is delivered to all our senior managers in the business.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

 

Name: Strahan Wilson

Role: Chief Financial Officer

 

Issued: 27th of April 2018

Next policy review due: 26th of April 2019