Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of human rights. It is constituted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by the offences of ‘slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour’ and ‘human trafficking’.
Farm Africa is committed to preventing modern day slavery and human trafficking within its organisation, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. As an NGO specialising in agriculture, Farm Africa acknowledges it is necessary to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking, issues that are prevalent in the agricultural sector.
This statement sets out the steps that we are taking to minimise the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place.
Our organisational structure
Farm Africa is a registered charity structured as company limited by guarantee. The charity has a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Farm Africa Trading Limited, which provides an alternative corporate mechanism to further the charitable objectives of Farm Africa. Both companies operate from a London based office in the UK. Farm Africa is also registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation in the US and has registered entities in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Farm Africa is an international NGO dedicated to reducing poverty in rural eastern Africa by helping farmers increase yields, add value to their produce and gain access to markets, while protecting the local environment. Our programmes vary hugely, ranging from helping crops farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve animal health, and forest coffee growers to reach export markets.
Our supply chain
Farm Africa’s supply chain is comprised of external businesses, self-employed consultants and partner organisations often located overseas in the four countries where we work: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Our local supply chain also includes professional services from lawyers, accountants and other advisers, as well as operational facilities and catering services.
Farm Africa is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships and to minimising the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking within our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Farm Africa operates the following policies:
- Bribery, corruption & fraud
- Child protection
- Code of conduct
- Conflict of interest
- Crisis management
- Data protection
- Disaster recovery
- Due diligence
- Risk management
- Whistle blowing
Farm Africa is committed to not working with or procuring goods or services from any party that we suspect is connected in any way with slavery.
Checks are carried out by our in-country procurement teams when new suppliers are contracted; and we plan to further improve our supplier vetting processes. There are particular risks of modern slavery and child labour occurring at farm level amongst the farmers whom Farm Africa supports. Farm Africa implement due diligence processes for the projects we implement to ensure that farm workers are fairly treated and to minimise the risk of child labour.
Farm Africa plans to improve sub-contractor tracking, which will incorporate a review of supplier procurement controls.
Staff training and capacity building about slavery and human trafficking
Farm Africa’s training budget is managed by the Head of Human Resources. Plans are underway to introduce training for all staff on minimising the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking across the organisation.
This statement was approved by Mike Saxton, Interim CEO, 27 November 2019