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Modern Slavery Compliance
Bolney Wine Estate (BWE) has no legal obligation to publish a Modern Slavery Act Compliance statement (S.54 Modern Slavery Act, 2015) because its global turnover is below the threshold set by HM Government.
Our policy position is that we will maintain an active and developing approach to ensure that none of our business or supply chain is tainted by Modern Slavery or exploitation.
We will publish both policy and progress.
BWE are advised by and in a developing partnership with ‘Stop The Traffik’ (www.stopthetraffik.org)
BWE are a founder member of UK Wine Producers Ltd who are partnered with, and advised by ‘Stronger Together’ (www.stronger2gether.org)
BWE is actively mapping its supply chain.
We grow our own wine grapes on the Estate and also contract to buy the some of the production of approved growers.
For our own Estate:
Our employees are paid living wage at a minimum.
We utilise specialist contract labour to undertake periodic tasks in the Vineyards via a labour supplier UK Vine Care. These generally comprise experienced Romanian Vineyard workers and we have investigated the supplier and their methods to ensure MS / Exploitation is not present.
For our principal partner:
Employees operate on a similar basis to our own.
Contract labour is provided by Vine Works, who are the partner labour organisation with Stronger2gether and UK Wine Producers Ltd.
For other suppliers of wine grapes:
Investigation / audit underway – Update by end of August 2018
For suppliers of equipment and goods / services:
We will audit their published position on the issue of Modern Slavery and then investigate / audit those businesses with whom we are engaged to understand their exposure to the issue and the steps they are taking to ameliorate that risk. – Update by end of September 2018.