Privacy Policy

Wyke Farms Ltd is committed to protecting your privacy online. Our policy explains how we will do this.

What information do we collect?

We do not sell your personal information to others. We won’t share your information with anyone. Some of our databases are hosted by third parties but we agree with those third parties that they will keep your information secure and not use it for other purposes.

A number of other people’s websites have links on our site. If you link to their sites, they may collect information. Such sites are not within our control and are not covered by this privacy statement.

If we believe that your use of the site is unlawful or damaging to others, we reserve the right to disclose the information we have obtained through the site about you to the extent that it is reasonably necessary in our opinion to prevent, remedy or take action in relation to such conduct.

Usage.

Wyke Farms will use your information for the following purposes only:

Copyright and Trade Marks.

All materials on this website are the copyright of Wyke Farms Ltd or are reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. All rights are reserved. The materials on this website may be retrieved and downloaded solely for personal use. No materials may otherwise be copied, modified, published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written permission of Wyke Farms Ltd.

Disclaimer.

Wyke Farms Ltd makes no warranties or representations of any kind concerning the accuracy or suitability of the information contained on this web site for any purpose. All such information is provided ‘as is’ and with specific disclaimer of any warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose, title and/or non-infringement.

Wyke Farms makes no warranties or representations of any kind that the services provided by this website will be uninterrupted, error-free or that the website or the server that hosts the website are free from viruses or other forms of harmful computer code. In no event shall Wyke Farms, its employees or agents be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the use of this website.

This exclusion and limitation only applies to the extent permitted by law and is without prejudice to any express provisions to the contrary in any written licence or subscription agreement from Wyke Farms in respect of the use of any online service provided via this website.

Stronger together.

Modern Slavery Prevention Statement 2019-2020

Wyke Farms Ltd.’s Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and with respect to human rights. We have implemented systems and controls, to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking or human labour exploitation anywhere in our company or in our supply chains and service providers. We endorse and adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, and we are committed to all the legal requirements of The Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement is supported by the Board of Directors, is reviewed in every financial year (1st April to 31st March) and can be viewed from a link on the home page of our company website.

Our Business Structure

Wyke Farms Ltd manufactures cheese, butter and liquid dairy products at the Head Office Site in Wyke Champflower, (Bruton/ Lamyatt), which also oversees operations of our Anaerobic Digester Plant. Cheese is matured and stored at our Wincanton site, from where it is cut, packed and distributed. As well as owning 3 local dairy farms, Wyke has contracts with other local dairy farms and buys additional milk and cream.

Our Company – Due Diligence

Wyke Farms Ltd has two designated Anti-Slavery Officers, based in Bruton and Wincanton respectively. Wyke makes appropriate checks on all employees and recruitment agencies to know who is working for, or on behalf of us. We ensure that employees are entitled to work in the UK, have the suitable documentation, that working hours are agreed and fair, and that wages received through official means. Both sites (Bruton / Lamyatt, and Wincanton) are members of Sedex. We welcome and co-operate with SMETA audits.

Milk Procurement – Due Diligence

We have contracts with approximately 120 dedicated dairy farms within the UK, the majority of which are based in the South West. The Milk Procurement team, who have received training, and is in close contact with all of our supplying farms on a regular basis, including through farm visits at least annually.
Every supplying farm must adhere to the Red Tractor Dairy Assurance Scheme standards, which contains a specific requirement that, where labour providers are used to supply temporary or permanent staff, a Gangmasters Licence must be held. External auditors visit each farm frequently to monitor conditions.

Our Suppliers / External Service Providers – Due Diligence and Risk Assessment

Wyke Farms understands the importance of having a comprehensive understanding of our supply chains, actively encourages transparency in them. Suppliers of goods and services to Wyke Farms are requested to supply us with a copy of their anti-slavery policy and statement as applicable, along with any other ethical policies they endorse, with priority given to first-tier suppliers. Supplier Questionnaires are sent out, and a supplementary questionnaire provides further information about their modern slavery prevention checks. It is a requirement that suppliers assess their business and supply chains and confirm that they comply with their legal obligations, in relation to The Modern Slavery Act 2015. They are required to show their commitment to ensuring there is no slavery, forced labour or servitude, child labour or human trafficking taking place in their business, or any of their supply chains.

Wyke Farms Ltd. conducts risk assessments on new and existing suppliers. Our checks prioritise the activities where our business can have the most impact. This extends to our supply chains, where milk, other ingredients and primary packaging suppliers are checked most frequently against success criteria. Any concerns or lack of information is reported to the Anti-Slavery Officers for further investigation. Findings are fed back to senior management through quarterly Management Review Meetings.
If a supplier is found to have slavery or human trafficking in their business, or knowingly in their supply chain, the company will terminate the contract with them.

Key Performance Indicators:

• Ensuring that suppliers / service providers engage in open communication with Wyke regarding modern slavery and human exploitation prevention strategies within their own company and their supply chains. Such communication is in place and is ongoing.
• Receiving assurances that suppliers / service providers support the principles of the ETI Base Code. Assurances have been received.
• Receiving no reports from employees, the public, external whistleblower hotline or law enforcement agencies that indicate that modern slavery practises having been identified. No reports have been received.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, external training is received, much of which is led by the Stronger Together initiative. Learning from such training is communicated within the company as applicable. In the year covered by this statement, both Anti-Slavery Officers attended a course for handling any suspected cases of forced labour, and a webinar was attended by both ASOs and a Technical Assistant involved with supplier approval.
We encourage open and honest communication throughout our supply chains. We offer suppliers further information on issues surrounding modern slavery prevention, such as spotting the signs of modern slavery within their own business.

Objectives for the next financial year (April 2020 to 2021):

1. To further develop the means by which we communicate Wyke’s expectations of compliance with the ETI Base Code with our suppliers / external service providers to ensure greater consistency, especially at Bruton site.

2. To build on previous work to develop rigour in the follow up of supplier checks, and to develop the way this information is fed back to senior management through Management Review Meetings, especially at Wincanton site.

3. To invest in further training for: –
A) farm liaison officers -and feedback information regarding milk. procurement at Bruton site’s Management Review Meetings.
B) Staff involved in Risk Assessing the supply chain.

Associated Policies

Other Wyke Farms policies and statements that are relevant to this one, are available on request and include:

• Confidential Reporting (Whistleblower) Procedure
• Human Rights Statement
• Policy for Social Accountability

Statements from previous financial years are archived for reference on our website, and the company is proud to be improving on our modern slavery prevention and ethical considerations year on year.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Wyke Farms Ltd.’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2018- 2019. We review this statement in every financial year.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors by: –

Name: R. W. Clothier

Position: Managing Director

Date: 1st April 2020

Signature:

Name: T. Clothier

Position: Production Director / Renewable Energy Director

Date: 1st April 2020

Modern Slavery Statement Archive:

Modern Slavery Statement (2018-19)

Modern Slavery Statement  (20/10/17)

Modern Slavery Statement (01/01/2017)


Links.

Links to other websites are provided by Wyke Farms in good faith and for information only. Wyke Farms disclaims any responsibility for the materials contained in any website linked to this site.

Interactive material.

Portions of this site may allow users to post their own material. Materials posted by users do not necessarily reflect the views of Wyke Farms. By posting materials on this site, you represent that you have all necessary rights in and to such materials and that such materials will not infringe any personal or proprietary rights of any third parties, nor will such materials be defamatory, unlawful, threatening, obscene or otherwise objectionable.

Wyke Farms reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to review, edit or delete any material posted by users which Wyke Farms deems defamatory, unlawful, threatening, obscene or otherwise objectionable. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Wyke Farms expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for any material communicated by third parties through this website.

We will review this policy in the light of comments we receive so please check the latest version. If you have any questions specifically about Privacy please contact us.