As a leading manufacturer and distributor of Fertilisers to the Agriculture sector throughout Northern Ireland, we produce a comprehensive range of NPK, prescription blends, straights and micro-nutrient products. In addition to commodity Fertilisers, the company is committed to developing innovative and technologically enhanced crop nutrition products and services with the objective of improving crop yields, crop quality and farmer returns.
Independent Fertilisers Ltd (trading as Goulding NI) is committed to conducting itself with the highest ethical and legal standards. We ensure that the operations within the business and its supply chain meet those standards at all times and are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We are aware that Human traffickers and illegal / unlicensed gang-masters target a range of industries including those involved in the Agricultural sector. It remains important therefore that we maintain our vigilance and continually improve our controls and procedures.
We recognise that continuous improvement is important and we closely monitor UK government guidance, updates and requirements. During the period since our last statement and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Independent Fertilisers has put in place a number of actions, including the following:
We are acutely aware that the COVID-19 pandemic brought increased risk to Modern Slavery in some industries and some organisations within the Agricultural sector. We understand that the situation changes frequently and the effect of consumers stockpiling certain goods and the general impact on the food sector supply chain, which needs to be increasingly agile, adapting to unforeseen shocks. This suggests that changes may be needed, to make the supply chain in the food sector more resilient (source: UK Parliament). Whilst we continue to monitor indications affecting our industry, we can confirm that to date:
We are a manufacturer and distributor and our supply chain is global in its reach. We source from manufacturers directly or through intermediaries. Many of our suppliers are large in scale with deemed low-risk of non-compliance to the Modern Slavery Act, however, as a Company we remain vigilant to all risks, particularly in small-scale businesses in whose sector there may sometimes be a higher risk of unlicensed manual, seasonal labour.
Independent Fertilisers is committed to ensuring our supply chain is free from human rights abuses. We actively welcome comments and suggestions from anyone within our supply chain about how we can improve our operations or further reduce any risks in our supply chain. If you have any questions regarding this issue please contact us at Contact