Introduction from Charles Gibb, US CEO
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires many companies manufacturing or selling products in California to disclose their efforts made to address the issues of slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the steps Fevertree Drinks plc and Fevertree USA Inc. (“Fever-Tree”) have taken to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within any part of our business or supply chain.
We are committed to working to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. We continually assess our business and supply chain to identify risks and then to target those areas with policies, procedures and training to ensure we maintain appropriate safeguards against any mistreatment of persons within our own business and our supply chain. Our policies reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to the implementation and enforcement of effective systems and controls to prevent and mitigate slavery and human trafficking from taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Supply Chain Verification, Audit and Certification
Our Social, Ethical and Environmental Business Policy sets out the standards of employment that we expect our product and other major suppliers to conduct their business in line with. These standards are in accordance with the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and International Labour Organisation fundamental conventions. We require all our suppliers to sign up to this policy and to confirm that they are acting in accordance with it on an annual basis. We audit and verify our supply chain working conditions via a combination of visits and self-assessment.
Our preliminary assessment is based upon geography, the goods or services purchased, supplier quality performance and the nature of the business transaction. We understand that one risk area is in our product supply chains and that inherent risks lie in sourcing raw materials globally. Other risks identified include suppliers’ potential use of contractors and seasonal workers and as part of the supplier approval process it is required that suppliers have systems to manage and monitor providers of agency workers including procedures to ensure forced labour does not take place.
Fever-Tree is a member of Sedex which promotes improvements in ethical and responsible business practices. We are able to disseminate information about our businesses and facilities to customers through this widely used and recognised system.
Internal Accountability and Training
All our employees have a contract which sets out their working conditions, expected hours of work and salary. There is a staff handbook detailing policies, procedures, rights and benefits and all HR processes and policies are in line with relevant employment laws. There are clearly set out disciplinary and grievance procedures, a Whistleblowing procedure and an Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy.
If we learn of any allegations of slavery or trafficking through our whistleblowing system or any other means we will act promptly and effectively in the best interest of the workers affected, which could mean the termination of the business relationship with the supplier concerned.
Fever-Tree is the world's leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers for alcoholic spirits by retail sales value, with distribution to over 70 countries worldwide. Headquartered in the UK, the brand was launched in 2005 to provide high quality mixers which could cater to the growing demand for premium spirits, in particular gin, but also for vodka, rum and whisky. Fever-Tree sells a range of carbonated mixers to hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as retail outlets.
The Group’s largely outsourced business model, underpinned by a handful of strong, well-established relationships with suppliers, bottlers and distributors, allows for scalability and operational flexibility whilst maintaining high levels of quality control.
Charles Gibb, US CEO
Fevertree USA Inc.