MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT

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 and ensuring 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 encourage (or ensure?) our suppliers to uphold the same standards as we apply to ourselves.

Our Structure
YO! is a fast-casual dining company that currently employs around 1700 people serving over 21 million individual plates of food per year in around 72 locations in the UK and 4 in the USA. We also have two main franchise partners operating 16 restaurants under licence globally.
We have a centralised procurement team who work closely with over 750 food and non -food suppliers worldwide and we have established strong relationships based on trust and transparency.
We have a centralised recruitment team and process to ensure all new employees are recruited in a manner that is legally compliant and ethical. Knowledge of any agencies supplying team members to work on our premises is essential. Such agencies may supply human resources to work in our kitchens or cleaning our restaurants.

Our Supply Chain
To ensure YO!’s commitment to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains, we look to build long term relationships wherever possible, which helps to ensure the standards that we expect from our suppliers are clear. We also request our direct suppliers to work closely with their suppliers, distributers and producers to help meet this aim.
At YO! we purchase the majority of our goods and supplies from UK or European companies. Workers’ rights are legally protected within Europe, and therefore we have a reasonable level of expectation that those people employed by our European suppliers are not being exploited.

Our People
YO! is committed to comply with all aspects of UK employment law, and particularly with those aspects of the law which protect individuals from exploitation. Important controls in this context are:
  • Carrying out identity checks on new employees
  • Ensuring new workers have the right to work in the UK
  • Retaining copies of documentation as proof of identity
  • Auditing our payroll process

Our Policies
Whistle Blowing
YO! encourages its team members 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.
 
Anti-Bribery
YO! complies with the Anti Bribery Act 2010. It does not tolerate any form of bribery by or of its employees, agents or any other person acting on our behalf.
Employee Code of Conduct
YO! has employment policies where we make clear to our team members 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 when managing our supply chain both in the UK & USA.

Training
Whilst making this statement the Act has been explained to our Exec Committee.
The Act has been explained to the managers responsible for the majority of our purchase streams and recruitment of our employees, who have in turn considered the risks of modern slavery in our supply chain, and the appropriate wording of this document.
YO! believes in continuous improvement approach and we will review our ethical trading systems each year to ensure they reflect best practice and developments in this area, updating them as required.
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 ending 27th November 2016.

Robin Rowland
Chief Executive Officer
YO!