Modern Slavery Statement 2019
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Nisa Retail Ltd ("Nisa") has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chain. This statement covers the Financial Year ending 5th January 2020.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Nisa is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
Founded in 1977, Nisa’s mission is to be the partner of choice for retailers and wholesalers - over the years, Nisa has ensured the prosperity of thousands of retailers and with its renewed focus on the consumer now seeks to provide greater means to achieve success. Nisa has developed exponentially in the 40+ years since it was established.
In May 2018 the Co-op completed its acquisition of Nisa Retail Limited. The wholesale operation will provide an environment in which independent retailers can flourish. It brings enhanced buying capability, allowing Nisa Partners to trade their businesses in the way they choose, backed by competitive prices and promotions with access to a deeper range including a wide selection of Co-op’s award-winning, high-quality own brand products across all categories.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials principally related to the provision of FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods).
As part of our commitment to Modern Slavery, in January 2017 Nisa joined Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a membership organization with a secure online database whereby members post information on their respective labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics in addition to self-assessment reports.
Using Sedex, Nisa establishes a relationship with its supply chain in relation to its own label products Heritage and reviews the submitted SAQ's to establish whether there are any suppliers identified as potential high risk for Modern Slavery.
As a result of the acquisition of Nisa by the Co-op, the Co-op own label has been introduced into Nisa's wholesale supply chain. Please click here for further information about how Co-op address modern slavery throughout their supply chain.
Our Policies and Procedures
As part of Nisa's commitment to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the organisation, Nisa has the following internal policies to ensure that it is conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner:
- Recruitment - Nisa conducts robust checks on any new employee including eligibility to work in the UK to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing Policy - Our policy encourages colleagues to speak up if they have any concerns about illegal practices going on at Nisa and provides a clear process for doing so. It specifically mentions that this includes any concerns that modern slavery is happening in our business or our supply chain.
Approval of this statement
This statement has been approved by:
Name: Ken Towle