Casual Dining Group

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

Casual Dining Group (CDG) Modern Slavery Statement

As a leading restaurant chain, Casual Dining Group is committed to ensuring that our supply chain and own operations take a robust stance in the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. We continue to work 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.

CDG’s Modern Slavery statement 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.


Structure and Supply Chains

Casual Dining Group is one of the largest casual dining companies in the UK employing over 7,500 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 is 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

All direct suppliers and their supply chains must comply with relevant EU and UK legislation as a minimum including the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the following:

  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977
  • The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) whose Base Code is drawn from the scope and standards defined by the UN and ILO

In addition to this, CDG has developed its own Ethical Trading Policy that sets out company policies and practices to ensure our business and supply chain practices are free from slavery and human trafficking.

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 their own Codes of Conduct, ethical trading policies and management systems to demonstrate their approach to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking.

All first tier 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 on request from CDG. CDG is also a SEDEX member that allows us to access information on suppliers including latest audits undertaken and corrective action reports at any given time. Currently this is carried out on a quarterly basis.

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 and Selection

Restaurant Operations

In our own operations, CDG carefully selects recruitment partners to ensure they source new employees in a manner that is legally compliant and ethical. Approved partners are reviewed on a regular basis.

Eligibility and Right to Work checks are carried out on all our team members prior to starting employment with CDG.

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.

Supply Chain

Over the last year, we have risk mapped first tier food and drink suppliers and identified those who have been deemed high risk based on type of products supplied and the geographic location of source. These suppliers have been required to submit their own ethical trading policies and procedures and evidence of management systems to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking.

The procurement team approve new suppliers only after a rigorous assessment of their technical capabilities and their ethical credentials. Anti-slavery requirements are included in our contractual Terms and Conditions.s

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.

Future commitments

  • We will initiate further training for all relevant staff to ensure they are fully aware of their responsibilities in complying with the Modern Slavery Act and what steps they should take if any incident of modern slavery is identified.
  • All supplier audits will include requirements for the provision of ethical trading policies and management systems for delivering compliance with legislation and CDG’s Ethical Trading policy.
  • Risk mapping of suppliers will be extended to all first tier suppliers including those working in property and marketing sectors.
  • We will develop transparent monitoring and reporting systems to demonstrate how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business including key performance indicators (KPIs) as follows:
    • % of suppliers who have been audited against ethical trading requirements.
    • % of suppliers approved.
    • % of suppliers who have had to adopt corrective action for any legislative or company requirements.
  • We will explore opportunities to work with charities that support people who have been victims of modern slavery and enable them to be re-employed legitimately.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) “Transparency in Supply Chains’ clause of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes CDG’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending May 2017.

Signed




Steve Richards
CEO, Casual Dining Group
November 2017