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The WJFG family extends into the communities in which we operate. We believe a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it and in addition to donating a significant sum to charity, here’s what else we’re doing to make a difference.

Health and wellbeing

Health and WellbeingWe feel it is crucial to encourage as many people as possible to live a healthy lifestyle and some of our colleagues volunteer in local schools and communities to offer a helping hand.

Our sports awards of up to £500 are offered to all colleagues or their children to help them pursue their favourite sports.

Young people

Young PeopleYoung people are a true inspiration and we feel it is important to encourage them and support their development as much as we can.

Abel & Cole has helped schools raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for school funds with its Farmer’s Choice programme over the past 10 years. They promote healthy eating by selling fresh veg direct to parents and help each school by giving them 25 per cent of the takings at their school.

The Outward Bound Trust is WJFG’s main charity and in the last four years we have helped send 375 children on an Outward Bound adventure to help them build confidence, take part in team challenges and enjoy the great outdoors. Twenty five of our colleagues have gone along as mentors and lasting friendships have been forged with our partner schools.

One of those relationships has seen our Wigan colleagues branching out into other areas, offering pupils at Fred Longworth School careers advice, health and nutrition education.

All of our businesses engage with schools locally to help with career and CV advice, and we’re long-term supporters of Young Enterprise.

Our growers

IMG_6300Our relationships with our growers is very important to us, whether it’s farmers who grow wheat for our Champion Bread local to our Bakery in East Yorkshire or farmers who grow our Iceberg for us in the Murcia region of Spain, we’re keen to offer our support to them to ensure a sustainable future.

Pictured here is Colin Andrews who has been Abel & Cole’s kale, cavolo nero, leeks and lettuce supplier for eight years. He produces excellent quality organic veg and has an abundance of enthusiasm and passion for it too.


Nightshift-volunteersAll WJFG colleagues are entitled to a paid day off each year to volunteer with a local charity.

Here Aunt Bessie’s colleagues are pictured renovating their local Riding for the Disabled Centre. Over the years our colleagues have helped a whole range of really good local causes which are close to their hearts.


victoriaAs a business it is crucial we do our bit to support the work of charities in our local communities and we give a significant amount each year to charity. We also offer support to our colleagues, past and present, and their children. But what makes us really proud are so many of our colleagues who give their own time and money so generously to make a difference in their communities. Each year we hold our People to be Proud of Awards which recognise our colleagues’ good deeds.

Pictured here is Victoria Kennedy from Jacksons who ran her first ever London Marathon last year and raised more than £3,000 for WJFG’s main charity the Outward Bound Trust.


EnvironmentMore and more colleagues across our businesses see protecting the environment as part of their day job. It’s now second nature for our engineers to think about conserving energy or water and many of them are thriving on the challenge of coming up with new ways that they can make a difference.

We have a genuine concern for the environment and, although we do not consider any of our businesses to be inherently damaging, we have nevertheless identified several aspects of our operations where we can make changes for the better:

  • Our energy use
  • Our water use
  • Our packaging
  • Emissions from our buildings
  • Transporting our produce
  • Reducing and treating waste
  • Controlling noise in residential areas
  • The appearance of our premises

To address these areas, we have developed a detailed Environmental Policy which is implemented and monitored at all levels throughout the Group. In practical terms this means working with our colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders to minimise the impact of our activities on the environment.
Examples of our Environmental Policy in action include:

  • Our Chicksands colleagues have been saving energy by heating the offices with the warm air that comes out of the chillers used to keep their vegetables fresh.
  • The 1,000 solar panels we installed at our Bakery in Hull produce 250 kilowatts of electrical power in daylight hours, and reduce its carbon footprint by about 116 tonnes of CO2 a year. They kick-started a host of energy efficiency projects – such as insulating the concrete under our ovens to ensure we don’t heat anything more than we have to.
  • A simple device was fitted to our Abel & Cole delivery vans to encourage drivers to drive in a more efficient way and the great results are a credit to the van drivers and their efforts to make a difference.
  • We also try to buy local produce wherever practicable, reducing food miles – for example, the Bakery’s new Bloomers are made with flour from wheat grown and milled in Yorkshire, about 25 miles away from the Bakery in Hull.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement


William Jackson Food Group is a sixth-generation family business. The group owns five subsidiary food companies; Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s, Jacksons Bakery, MyFresh Prepared Produce and The Food Doctor. These subsidiaries supply consumers, leading supermarkets, food service businesses and food manufacturers nationwide and abroad with a range of organic and non-organic food products.

The Group is headquartered in Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire and all manufacturing sites are based in England. The annual turnover of the group companies is £315m.

Our Values

Our values underpin every aspect of our business, and consist of consideration, people, integrity, boldness, openness and commitment. We strive to be a business to be proud of and feel that a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it.

Policy Statement

In line with our values, we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking taking place in any part of our group, or the suppliers we deal with. This policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure no slavery or human trafficking exists anywhere in our supply chains.

Training and Awareness

We will work with the Stronger2gether programme, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Association of Labour Providers to ensure all colleagues receive the appropriate level of training to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the knowledge to address any related issues which may arise.

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their

suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains.

Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavorable treatment connected with raising a concern.

Colleagues will be reminded of the Group Whistleblowing Policy as the primary method of reporting any suspicions or evidence of slavery or human trafficking.

The Company will accept and take seriously concerns communicated anonymously

The Company encourages members of the public or people not employed by us to write, in confidence, to the Company Secretary or the Group HR Director to raise any concern, issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of our business or related supply chain.

Supply Chain Management

We will take action to address any evidence of slavery or human trafficking in any of our supply chains. In order to effect this we will:

  • conduct auditable risk assessments to determine which parts of our business and which of our suppliers are most at risk of modern slavery so that efforts can be focused on those areas.
  • engage with our suppliers both to convey to them our Anti-Slavery Policy and to gain an understanding of the measures taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their businesses.
  • where appropriate, as informed by our risk assessment, seek to introduce supplier pre-screening (for example as part of our tender process) and self-reporting for our suppliers on safeguarding controls.
  • introduce contractual provisions for our suppliers to confirm their adherence to this policy and accept our right to audit their activities and (where practicable) relationships, both routinely and at times of reasonable suspicion.

We are active members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) and encourage all of our suppliers to engage with organisations such as Sedex or the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) that promote the core conventions of the UN’s International Labour Organisation.

Responsibility for the Policy

Ultimate responsibility for the prevention of modern slavery rests with the Company’s leadership. The Group Management Board has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy and its implementation comply with our legal, moral and ethical obligations.

Leaders at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery.

Compliance and Review

This policy has had compliance input from the following departments and external sources; Legal, Sustainability, Communications, Human Resources, Procurement.

Following its initial adoption this policy will be kept under regular review by the Group Management Board and may be amended from time to time. This policy will be used to inform our Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking which will be published no later than the publication of our 2016 financial results.