The Wilberforce Institute is working with the John Lewis Partnership to address risks of slavery in supply chains, both in the UK and overseas.
The company's commitment to tackling modern slavery is influenced by its values as an employee-owned business. It forms part of its broader human rights strategy, through which the leading retailer works to raise labour standards, improve working conditions and create fairly rewarded employment.
Building on its long established due diligence and risk assessment programmes, the John Lewis Partnership approached the Wilberforce Institute to better understand some of the systemic issues workers can face, specifically in fresh produce supply chains.
Waitrose sources fresh produce from over 2,000 growers around the world. These growers often rely on migrant and seasonal workers at peak times of the year. By working with the Wilberforce Institute, Waitrose was able to identify risks arising from informal recruitment in seasonal supply chains, raise awareness of risks associated with labour providers and help improve and enhance management practices.