Casual Dining Group

Welcome to Casual Dining Group, operator of some of the UK’s favourite restaurant brands including Café Rouge and Bella Italia.

Modern Slavery Statement and Ethical Trading Policy

Introduction

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps we have taken in understanding all potential modern slavery risks and ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains.

As a leading food business, we recognise our responsibility to take a robust stance in the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking and we have worked with our suppliers to strengthen our supply chain due diligence in social, environmental and ethical standards whilst recognising that many may need practical help and support in implementing these.


Structure and Supply Chains

Casual Dining Group is one of the largest casual dining companies in the UK employing over 10,000 people and serving more than 20 million meals at around 300 locations. It is a parent business to five main operating companies: Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas, La Tasca and Belgo.

We have a centralised procurement team who work with 100 suppliers and with them we have established strong relationships based on trust and transparency.

Our aim to build industry-leading supply chain assurance that is resilient to any potential risks and supports us to be vigilant in all parts of our business. To this end, we require our direct suppliers to work closely with their suppliers, distributors, agents and producers to meet this aim.


Policies

Ethical Trading

Ethical trading is a key part of our supply chain assurance strategy. We require all our suppliers to meet CDG’s Ethical Trading Policy which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code for ethical sourcing and reflects all relevant international, EU and UK legislation including the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights and ILO Conventions.

Our policy covers 14 key principles including prohibition of slavery and human trafficking, safe and hygienic working conditions and payment of a fair wage. All direct suppliers are required to show compliance with this Policy and to provide evidence of continuous improvement in worker welfare.

Suppliers must have in place their own code of conduct and resources, policies and systems to manage ethical trade. Suppliers must also monitor their own performance and be able to report on progress to CDG.

Whistleblowing

Casual Dining Group encourages its employees to report in confidence any concerns relating to any part of the organisation. This will extend to suppliers and other business partners and specifically include any risk of slavery or human trafficking.

Employee Code of Conduct

Casual Dining Group has employment policies where we make clear to our employees the actions and behaviour which are expected of them whilst at work and through the course of their duties and responsibilities. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour in all business activities including when operating and managing our supply chain abroad.

Anti-Bribery

Casual Dining Group complies with the Anti-Bribery Act 2010. It does not tolerate any form of bribery by or of its employees, agents or any person acting on our behalf.

Recruitment

Casual Dining Group carefully selects recruitment partners to ensure they source new employees in a manner which is legally compliant and ethical. Approved partners are reviewed on a regular basis.

On behalf of our operating companies, the procurement team approve new suppliers only after a rigorous assessment of their technical capabilities and their ethical credentials. Any business partners including suppliers who are deemed to be unsuitable or do not meet our requirements are not used across the Group.

Governance

All policies are developed by the relevant issue experts and responsibility is shared by the Group Directors. All policies are approved by the Chief Financial Officer and will undergo annual reviews to assess their effectiveness going into the future.

Suppliers are required to be Sedex members and to provide due diligence on ethical trading including self assessment, third party audits and corrective action of non-compliances at any given time on request from Casual Dining Group.


This statement has been approved by the board of Casual Dining Group and will be reviewed and updated annually.