Sustainability matters.

Sustainability and respect for the environment matters, we understand the impact of what we do and have a clear vision.

We are investing in green technology as well as operating an eco-friendly delivery fleet using the latest Euro 6 engines.

Sustainability matters at Whitworth Bros. Ltd.

We source our raw materials with integrity by working in collaboration with our suppliers.

We have developed a robust supply chain which helps us support local farmers even in difficult crop years.

We believe this gives us a competitive edge plus a food safe, sustainable relationship back to the farm.

We’re also committed to meeting every environmental goal set out for us by EU and UK Government.

Modern Slavery Statement.

Our statement sets out the steps we are taking to continually develop our procedures and to check our compliance.

"Modern slavery" is a term which covers slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. It includes exercising ownership over a person; coercing or threatening someone to perform work they would not do voluntarily; and arranging or facilitating another person's travel with a view to them being exploited (even where the person consents to the travel).

We embrace socially responsible trading and since 2014 we have issued all of our suppliers with our Ethical Statement for Suppliers.

This sets out key minimum standards relating to employment and workers. All suppliers are required to sign this agreement confirming their compliance. Our major suppliers have also been requested to inform us of the steps that they are taking to eliminate modern slavery.

We comply with the SEDEX Best Practice Guidance and are audited via the SMETA Ethical Trade Audit. This covers labour standards, health and safety, environment and business ethics.

All new employees are appointed directly and we check their right to work in the UK. We conform to the ethical standards set out in the SMETA accreditation process. There is no forced, bonded or involuntary labour. Staff turnover is very low and all overtime is voluntary.

We only use agency workers sparingly for temporary placements and use limited core suppliers who provide us with written confirmation that no agency worker is being exploited as part of any slavery or human trafficking. In order to ensure that there is no forced, bonded or child labour, Line Managers check during the induction of any agency worker that he/she is aged over 16, has not paid any recruitment fees in order to procure the work, has not been required to forfeit his/her passport and is free to leave the agency if he/she wishes.

We also work closely with our major customers to ensure that we comply with any employment practices and procedures specified in their audits.

If you would like a full copy of our most recent statement, please contact us via the contact screen.