Biffa is partnering with Ride for Freedom, the social enterprise that undertakes inspiring cycling challenges to raise awareness of Modern Slavery. Biffa is fully committed to stamping out Modern Slavery and has set itself the target to become the acknowledged industry leader in anti-slavery practices with a zero-tolerance policy.
The podium partnership for Ride to Freedom 2021 will enable Biffa to continue raising awareness of human trafficking as well as sharing the psychological and physical benefits that cycling can have in supporting people who have previously been victims of modern slavery.
As one of the largest businesses in the waste management sector, Biffa is a proud, founding member of the Hope for Justice’s Slave-Free Alliance, a group which brings businesses together to tackle exploitation in supply chains. Biffa has been recognised by the SFA for making significant strides year on year and adopting a proactive stance to mitigate risks. Biffa also works closely with Hope for Justice, the international anti-human trafficking charity, promoting awareness of this important global issue across the business, supply chains and wider industry.
Within the business, Biffa has extensive policies, procedures and training aimed at combatting Modern Slavery in the workforce and runs external campaigns such as the rebranding of several waste trucks with anti-slavery messaging last year. More can be read about Biffa’s work on the issue in its latest Modern Slavery Statement.
The appalling impact of Modern Slavery practices on its victims is fully appreciated and all Biffa plc group companies take a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind.
Commenting on becoming a Ride For Freedom podium partner, Mel Flogdell, Divisional HR Director, said: “Modern Slavery is a heinous crime and as a leading business in the waste sector employing more than 8,000 people, we want to be at the forefront of tackling the issue in our industry. Along with embedding anti-slavery policies and procedures across our business, part of our responsibility is to raise awareness of the presence of Modern Slavery. Ride for Freedom is a fantastic initiative that helps us do just that. It also has the added benefit of supporting the health of our employees who take part in the cycling event.”