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modern slavery act

YO! Sushi Morden Slavery Statement 2018/19 

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps we take to understand all potential risks to ensure that there is no slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, or human trafficking in our business or supply chains. 

We recognise our responsibility to identify and address potential or actual human rights infringements linked to the products and services we provide. We require our suppliers to uphold the same standards as we apply to ourselves. 

Our Structure and supply chains
YO! Sushi is a fast-casual dining company that currently employs approximately 1650 people serving over 21 million individual plates of food per year in around 71 locations in the UK. We also have two main franchise partners operating 15 restaurants under licence globally. 

We have a centralised procurement team who work closely with over 70 foods and non-food suppliers worldwide and we have established strong relationships based on trust and transparency. 

Prevention of slavery and human trafficking by YO! Sushi and its suppliers
YO! Sushi believe in honesty and build good working relationships with our traders. We will never knowingly accept food products from our suppliers who do not adhere to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. To prevent this happening, we undertake the following due diligence procedures: 

  • require all suppliers to demonstrate their compliance to the Act by providing their most recent annual statement
  • undertake regular audits of the range of suppliers being used 

Our procedure is designed to: 

  • establish an assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
  • monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains 
  • reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains 
  • provide adequate protection for whistleblowers

If YO! Sushi become aware of any concerns with our suppliers and/or they are classed as ‘high risk’, a full investigation will take place to determine whether these concerns are justified with appropriate action taking place if needed. Depending on the severity of the concerns, YO! Sushi will work with the provider by agreeing an action plan, terminate the supplier, and/or source the product from an alternative supplier. 

We have a centralised Recruitment Manager and on boarding system to ensure all new employees are recruited in a manner that is legally compliant and ethical following the YO! policy and procedure. YO! is committed to comply with all aspects of UK Employment Law and particularly with those aspects of law which protect individuals from exploitation. 

Prior to any job offer YO! Sushi carry out identity checks which include ensuring all new workers have the correct UK right to work documents and retaining copies for their personal file. An audit is completed every 8 weeks to ensure employees documents are updated if needed.

A policy and procedure on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is in place which outlines how we will confidentially act, along with the steps that will be taken if we uncover any staff members who are a victim of modern slavery and/or human trafficking or external suppliers not adhering to the Act. 

We encourage our employees to report in confidence any concerns relating to any part of the organisation in line with our Whistleblowing Procedure which allows employees to confidentially email us their concerns under our email. All matters are investigated and treated confidentially. This is extended out to our suppliers and other business partners to ensure they can communicate any knowledge of slavery or human trafficking happening in the business. 

Our Employee Code of Conduct is clearly outlined to our team members along with the actions and behaviours 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 when managing our staff and suppliers, and expect all our colleagues to behave in the same way. 

YO! complies with the Anti-Bribery Act 2010 and does not tolerate any form of bribery by or of its employees, agents or any other person acting on our behalf. 

We invest in educating our employees to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through our training programmes, employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of the organisations anti-slavery and human trafficking policy. Employees are taught the benefits of stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our business and supply chains. Examples of training provided across our organisation include:

  • Representatives from each department within our Head Office have attended a Morden Slavery training session run by one of our Partners.
  • Information absorbed during the training has been communicated out to all our employees via our communication platform YO! Mojo, to ensure they are aware of the signs to spot and how to communicate correctly if they deem it necessary.
  • YO! Sushi are a registered support of Stronger Together and actively use the resources available to improve our understanding in the topic across the organisation, including representatives of our People Team attending training in order to ensure we are adhering to the Morden Slavery Act 2015. 

Further steps YO! Sushi will take to prevent Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in 2019
Following our review of our actions this financial year to prevent slavery or human trafficking from occurring in our business or supply chains, we intend to take the following further steps to tackle slavery and human trafficking: 

  • Continue with our high standards and auditing process we have outlined in our statement and consider more stringent ways in which to verify right to work checks
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding across the organisation by delivering group training to all employees holding a management position.
  • Create awareness training and highlight key signs to spot on our e-learning platform ‘Flow’ and ensure all team members have watched and understood the training.
  • Consider the introduction of an external whistle blowing line in conjunction with one of our Partners
  • Become an active Business Partner with Stronger Together to eliminate any future risk

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes YO! Sushi’s slavery and human trafficking statement.