This statement for financial year end 31 December 2015 shows what has been done by Blue Skies to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our business and our raw material supply chain, and what we have done to promote the principles of our Joint Effort Enterprise.
We are making this statement to comply with the law in the UK, however to merely publish an assurance that we are not doing anything wrong would not explain our efforts to do everything right. We have built a happy, hard-working, egalitarian company committed to building long term partnerships, and fostering sustainable development in Africa and South America. This Blue Skies website has more information, and we refer you to our three Queens Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development won in 2008, 2011 and 2015.
Blue Skies is a business based in the UK with factories located in Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and the UK.
We also have offices in the UK, Netherlands and France.
Blue Skies manufactures fresh prepared fruit products normally distributed by airfreight and sold to retailers in many Western European countries.
In our 2015 financial year we employed close to 5000 people at certain times of the year. Approximately 95% of these people have been the subject of third party social audits to the SMETA format and this is shown in detail below.
|Location||Number of employees||Social audit|
|Brazil factory||300||Third party|
|Egypt factory||300||Third party|
|Ghana factory||3500||Third party|
|Senegal packhouse||75||First party|
|South Africa factory||300||Third party|
|UK factory||175||First party|
The business has provided training to key managers in social compliance requirements and has a comprehensive set of policies, union agreements and personnel handbooks which set out our personnel management practices. We employ people, not managers and workers. We do not discriminate at work, we have moved beyond the ILO presumption of exploitation, and we operate a seamless society. Even the less abusive modern interpretation of slavery is incomprehensible in our culture.
Our supply chains
We purchase almost all our fruit raw materials directly from the farms on which they are grown, or from our own farms. The countries from which we purchase fruit are those shown for our factory locations in the table above, additionally Burkina Faso, India, Ivory Coast, Mali and Turkey. We have very close, successful and long term relationships with all our suppliers, and with very few exceptions, they have been visited and personally approved by the founder and chairman of the business. Suppliers in Egypt and Ghana are subject to an independently verified programme of second party social audits.