These values, shared by all, must guide our daily actions in the accomplishment of our mission: ” to enhance the value of the milk of all members in order to guarantee them an income that best remunerates their work, and to increase and share the profitability of the company in a sustainable manner “.
In order to reaffirm this commitment to its values to its employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, the Sodiaal Group has drawn up this statement on preventing modern slavery.
The Sodiaal Group makes the exercise of its commercial relations conditional on compliance with local legislation, internal charters and international standards in the field of
human rights and working conditions, the environment and ethics.
The Sodiaal Group is committed to building a fair and sustainable relationship with its suppliers based on the Responsible Supplier Relationship Charter, developed by Médiation des Entreprises (Business Mediation) and signed by the Group.
The Sodiaal Group also asks suppliers and partners to commit to respecting the Sodiaal Group’s Code of Conduct, to act against corruption in all its forms, against the employment of minors and forced labour, and to respect the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Modern slavery’ is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation; payment for work-finding services and work-related exploitation such as forced use of accommodation.
Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality and ethnicity. It is understood that it is often well hidden by the perpetrators with victims, if they perceive of themselves as such, reluctant to come forward.
An ethics alert system has been set up to offer any employee the possibility of reporting any breach of any of the provisions of the Group’s Code of Conduct. This secure line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Ethics alert is available on our Code of Conduct, on our Corporate Website and can be used by anyone wishing to raise a concern or question. Ethics alert cases are routed to Internal Control and Compliance Department to triage for initial review, who then align an investigation team depending on the report.
While the Ethics alert is open to all Sodiaal stakeholders to report concerns about any part of our value chain, it is primarily used for employees to report concerns of our Code of Conduct violations. The Ethics alert helps us feel confident that the risk of modern slavery in our owned operations is low.