Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement 2019

Not 1 Bean is determined to eradicate poverty within coffee farming communities and deliver sustainable coffee within a generation.


We pioneer modern initiatives that deliver sustainably produced, highest quality and most competitively priced coffee to meet the ever increasing ethical demands of our socially responsible customers.


Coffee is produced in over 70 countries across the world and over 400 billion cups are consumed each year. We are committed to developing a global supply chain to support our own operations and facilities and services network. We work directly with producers drastically reducing the need for long supply chains that leave those with the most to lose typically earning less than 10 per cent of the retail price paid for their product.


We are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards, and to maintaining and improving our global policies and processes to avoid any potential complicity in human rights violations related to our operations or supply chain.

Exposure to slavery and human trafficking

We have considered the exposure of Not 1 Bean to slavery and human trafficking risk, taking in to account:

  • Supply chain operations in countries with a high prevalence of modern slavery, informed by third-party external sources including the Global Slavery Index;

  • The labour intensive nature of the activities and roles undertaken across the coffee producing sector, and the skill set and qualifications required to perform these activities, including our exposure to seasonal low-skilled employment;

  • The application of our group policies and processes, including procurement and order fulfillment processes;

  • Assessment of concerns or incidents logged through our “Worker Voice” channels.


As a result of the factors above we consider the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring within our direct employee population, business operations and tier one supply chain to be low.

Our principles related to slavery and human trafficking

Our commitment to human rights, includes our position on forced labour, involuntary labour, child labour, and human trafficking, is outlined in our, Global Supplier Code of Conduct.

Our principles related to human rights include:

  • We are committed to protecting and preserving the rights of our employees, those employed in our supply chain, and those affected by our operations;

  • We believe that all employment should be freely chosen and commit to refrain from any form of forced or involuntary labour;

  • We are opposed to the use of any form of child labour or practices that inhibit the development of children.

Our policies related to slavery and human trafficking

We extend our standards into our external supply chain through our Global Supplier Code of Conduct. This sets out the behaviours, practices and standards we expect all suppliers to demonstrate and comply with, including a requirement to cascade these practices through the supply chain.

We work in partnership with customers and competitors from the coffee industry to seek to share and implement best practice ethical business practices.

Managing modern slavery risk in our supply chain

We are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards across our supply chain. Our Global Supplier Code of Conduct (Supplier Code) is the foundation of our approach.

It states “All suppliers must comply with applicable international and national laws and standards in relation to labour practices and human rights, including slavery and human trafficking legislation”. 

Adherence with our Global Supplier Code of Conduct is mandated for all suppliers. This is in addition to all applicable laws and regulations in the country or countries where our suppliers operate.


We continually review and consider potential new suppliers’ ability to adhere to our Supplier Code as part of our supplier selection and on-prior to entering contractual negotiations.

In addition, new and existing suppliers, as well as joint venture partners and other third-parties, are subject to regular and ongoing screening assessments.


If a supplier’s practices are found unsatisfactory or non-conformant to our Supplier Code, we address these issues on a case-by-case basis.

We have not experienced any significant breaches of the Supplier Code related to modern slavery to date.


We are committed to working with suppliers to ensure they have appropriate ethical and responsible policies and practices in place and support them in closing any gaps our review process may identify. 


In the event of significant non-conformance we retain the right to terminate any contractual agreement with the supplier with immediate effect.