The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) requires each business with an annual turnover of over £36m to publish a transparency statement which sets out the steps they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their own business and in their supply chains. This statement is made pursuant to the Act.
Huel’s mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food with minimal impact on animals and the environment. We strive to act ethically and with integrity in all aspects of our business, and we take a zero tolerance approach to any instance of modern slavery within our business and its supply chains and we expect organisations with whom we do business to adopt and enforce policies to comply with the legislation.
We are fully committed to compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and recognise the importance of taking all necessary action to combat modern slavery in all its forms including slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking.
Huel creates and sells complete food products - sold in the forms of powder, instant savoury meals, ready to drink meals, and bars. We primarily sell our products online directly to consumers, although some products are now being sold through third party retailers. Our products are sold globally with the largest markets being the UK, US, and Europe. Our ingredients are sourced from around the world, and our products are manufactured and packaged in the UK, US, and the EU.
We work with external partners to source our ingredients and manufacture our finished products, which means that we don’t own the farms that grow the ingredients for our products, or the factories that blend and package them.
Our global headquarters are in Tring, UK and we have additional offices in Birmingham and London, UK and New York, US. As at the end of our most recent financial year ended 31st July 2021, we employed 163 people globally, of which 148 were based in the UK.
Our products are 100% composed of plant-derived ingredients, primarily in the form of powders and liquids, which are sourced globally either directly from suppliers, or via agents and distributors. Our key source countries for ingredients are the UK, Europe, China and the US. Our primary and secondary packaging is sourced from the UK, Europe, and US. Packaging materials include paper, cardboard, and plastic. Product manufacturing is carried out by selected third-party manufacturing partners, the locations of which are based on proximity to our downstream distribution centres, as well as their capability to meet our quality requirements, manufacturing standards, and available production capacity.
Our direct and indirect supply chains include services that are not specifically used in our products but support the operation of our business such as marketing agencies, professional advisor fees, and third-party warehouses. These service providers are located primarily within the countries where our offices are located but can extend globally for any specialist items or service which cannot be obtained domestically.
At Huel we want to provide our employees (also known as Hueligans) with a safe and fair working environment that protects their human rights. We currently have the following measures in place:
Huel will occasionally use internally approved recruitment agencies, in which case the agency is expected to adhere to the policies outlined in the Working at Huel Handbook.
We also ask our employees to support our commitment to combat modern day slavery. All new employees attend a sustainability induction to ensure an understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Employees involved in procurement activities receive additional ethical sourcing training for a deeper level of understanding, and to understand the tools used by Huel to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.
Huel recognises that the biggest risk of slavery and human trafficking is in our global ingredient supply chain and as such have focused our efforts in these areas. We undertake the following actions within our supplier approval process to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain:
Our primary measure of performance is the number of our suppliers that hold an internationally recognised, independently verified ethical certification. We typically require an ethical certification at the point of ingredient processing (or the point of greatest risk) in our supply chain, regardless of the point where the commercial relationship is held.
At the end of 2021, 53% of Huel ingredient suppliers held an ethical certification. Our goal for the end of 2022 is to have more than 75% of ingredient suppliers holding an ethical certification.
In 2022 we will expand our key performance indicators for modern slavery to include the risk ratings for modern slavery and human trafficking for all our countries of origin. In order to do this we will be using risk data provided by Sedex and based on the level of risk, will determine actions plans for each sourcing country/ingredient that is deemed high risk.
We will also be expanding the requirement for ethical certifications to our manufacturing, logistics and packaging suppliers.
Thanks for reading, we hope that you have found this statement useful. At Huel we take our mission very seriously and our compliance to the Modern Slavery Act is an integral part of our commitment.
This Statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 July 2021. This statement was approved by the Huel Limited Board of Directors.
James McMaster – CEO Huel Limited
22 June 2022
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