Company Policies

Your right to privacy is very important.

We recognise that when you choose to provide us with information about yourself, you trust us to act responsibly. We believe this information should only be used to help us provide you with better service. That's why we have put a policy in place to protect your personal information. Below is a summary of our policy.

What personal information do we collect?

In general, when you visit our website (Site) and access information you remain anonymous. There are, however, occasions where we request from you certain information such as your email or postal address. The purpose of our requesting such information is to be able to better understand your needs, and provide you with services that we believe may be valuable to you. Before we ask you for any such information, we will generally explain how this information will be used. We will not provide any of your personal information to other companies or individuals without your permission.

You may choose to provide Forest Garden Ltd with information about yourself in the course of using this website. By doing so, you expressly consent to Forest Garden Ltd using this data. Any information, which you provide, will only be used by Forest Garden Ltd and will not be sold or made available to third parties. We may also make use of the data for direct marketing purposes, including by e-mail. It may also be used internally by Forest Garden Ltd to assess the function of our websites and the needs of our customers. You are entitled to apply for a copy of the information we hold on you and to correct any inaccuracies.

Forest Garden Ltd may from time to time send you information about Forest Garden Ltd's or its associated companies' products which may be of interest to you. If you would prefer not to receive such information, please let us know by emailing info@forestgarden.co.uk, using the word unsubscribee in the subject box.

Protecting your privacy

We will take appropriate steps to protect your privacy in relation to your use of our Site. This Site may provide links to third party sites. Since we do not control such linked sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third party sites.

Use of Cookies

Our Site uses a technology called cookies that may be used to provide you with specific information. A cookie is a small element of data that our Site may send to your computer. Any such cookie is typically stored on your computer's hard drive and permits our Site to recognise you when you return to the Site. Our use of cookies helps us to provide you with a better experience during your use of our Site by allowing us to understand what areas of the Site are of interest to you. These cookies do not track your individual information.

Any communication or material which you transmit to Forest Garden Ltd through this website or otherwise via the Internet will be treated as non-confidential.

Due to the rapidly evolving technologies on the Internet, we may occasionally update this policy. All revisions will be posted to this Site.

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement Financial year - 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

This Statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ('Act') and sets out the steps that Forest Garden Group Limited and its subsidiary companies has taken during the previous financial year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking from operating within either its own business or its supply chains. We recognise that modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.

About Forest Garden Group

Forest Garden Group supplies products throughout the year, employing roughly 500 staff across the Group, including all manufacturing sites and the distribution network. However, there is a peak seasonal period in the business between March and May where Forest Garden Group rely on additional temporary labour, largely supplied via Labour Providers. Labour that is supplied by Labour Providers is comprised mainly of migrant workers.

Forest Garden are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Modern Slavery policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships by implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to combat and prevent Modern Slavery.

We expect our Labour Providers to have in place a robust system of recruitment that identifies the source of the employee. We also expect awareness training which includes the 'signs and triggers' of Modern Slavery to be delivered to all key staff in the recruitment process.

Supply Chain

Forest brand has its heritage in retail garden centres and has long been synonymous with high-quality garden products. Today, our range can be found in many garden centres, building centres and supermarkets throughout the UK.

We want our customers to be confident that our business partners and in particular our suppliers treat their employees as fairly as we treat our own employees. Imported products sourced from outside the UK or EEC are potentially more at risk of slavery or human trafficking issues, and we focus our efforts accordingly. Where possible we have built long standing relationships with our suppliers and we make very clear our expectations of business behaviour, engaging only those suppliers that uphold the same principles as ourselves. In the event that suppliers fail to take steps to cease or prevent adverse human rights impacts, Forest reserves the right to terminate its business relationships with those suppliers.

Due Diligence

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate any risk of Modern Slavery in our business, we are carrying out due diligence on suppliers in high-risk areas and have developed robust methods for effective assessment and auditing of our supply chain.

Where risk assessment identifies risk the following will happen:

Level of Risk identified
in risk assessment

Action

HIGH

Consideration will be given to reducing the supply from the company and in the worst case scenario seek to cease the contract.

MEDIUM

An action plan will be agreed and Forest Garden will work in collaboration with their suppliers to minimise the risk


We meet and talk with all our Labour Providers on a regular basis to ensure they are aligned with our values and vision in respect of ethics. We stipulate that they train all their staff on specific training relating to Modern Slavery.

We have introduced a basic English language requirement whereby agency workers must pass a basic numeracy and literacy test. A basic level of English has been set to be attained by all our workforce in a reasonable period of time to facilitate better communication, social and workplace integration and the best defence against potential exploitation.

We have installed a confidential phone line for employees to report any concerns or issues they may have.

Policies

As well as a modern slavery policy a number of other policies have been introduced.

Training

Working with Hope for Justice we have delivered Modern Slavery Awareness training to our Board Members, Management Teams, Supervisors and all staff in key positions.

Modern Slavery awareness is now covered in Induction training and we are working with Hope for Justice who are training our internal auditors.

KPIs

External Partnerships and Continuous Improvement Initiatives

  1. We have partnered with Hope for Justice, an anti-slavery organisation. They will continue to assist with providing Modern Slavery training, and work with us to carry out risk assessments of our supply chains and provide a pathway for any victim of Modern Slavery that requires support and assistance.
  2. We provide support to Hope for Justice to ensure that other businesses and organisations can learn from our practices. The objective is to encourage greater collaboration between the parties facing this issue and to build an intelligence and knowledge sharing cohort.
  3. We share our ethical audits with customers and suppliers to work towards a greater transparency on our supply chains.

Signed on Behalf of Forest Garden Group:

Guy Grainger
Group CEO

Gender Pay Gap Data (2016 to 2017)

Percentage of employees who received bonus pay

Male

Female

82.3%

31.5%


Employees by pay quartile

Male

Female

Upper quartile

83%

17%

Upper middle quartile

88%

12%

Lower middle quartile

80%

20%

Lower quartile

85%

15%


Number of employees within your organisation

500 to 999


 

Our address

Unit 288
Hartlebury Trading Estate,
Hartlebury,
Worcestershire,
DY10 4JB
United Kingdom

T: 0333 321 3142
F: 0333 777 7081
E: info@forestgarden.co.uk

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