Is it possible to guarantee respect for people in the workplace and across the supply chain?

We have always striven to meet the needs of our employees by guaranteeing safety in the workplace, offering stable contracts and a working environment that attracts new talent.

Our employees

An established commitment that over the past few years, has strengthened our appeal both in Italy and France, resulting in an increase in resources from 818 to 932.

Breakdown of workers by gender (2017)

Breakdown of workers by gender

Breakdown of workers by category (2017)

Breakdown of workers by category

Breakdown of the workforce by age bracket (2017)

To improve the quality of the work environment, respond to our employees’ needs and develop a stronger sense of belonging, we provide a program of corporate welfare activities every year. This program enables us to work within the framework of the Bolton Group’s broader strategy. In 2013, the Bolton Group launched ‘Bolton 4 You’, a corporate welfare program featuring initiatives focusing on four areas: health, family, savings and free time.

To foster employee participation in corporate life, we intensified internal communication activities, including improving our corporate newsletter to inform our employees about innovations and daily progress, related to sustainability and business.

Safety in the workplace

Safety in the workplace is one of our top priorities, which we have addressed by focusing on various projects and initiatives. In 2013, Bolton Food’s Cermenate plant achieved OHSAS 18001 certification, followed, in 2015, by implementation of same at the Quimper plant

In 2016, we launched the Safety Cermenate Project dedicated to team leaders and plant maintenance workers. Thanks to a Safety Game, participants were asked to solve the case of a simulated accident and determine the causes of the accident. This enabled participants to fine tune their skills and improve their awareness of safety-related issues.

However, we are aware that work on occupational safety requires commitment and ongoing attention. Over the past four years, although there has been an increase in the number of plant-related accidents, we have limited the index of serious accidents  which has decreased bothin France from 1.69 in 2014 to 0.92 in 2017 and Italy, passing from a peak of 0.72 in 2015 to 0.26 in 2017.

Total number of injuries by country

As regards the frequency index , we have noticed a reduction in France from 42.47 in 2014 to 30.50 in 2017 while, in Italy, following a negative peak of 23.20 in 2015, due to an increase in production and the number of new hires at the Cermenate plant, starting in 2016, this index dropped to 14.13 in 2017, thanks to our training initiatives.

In 2016, to improve vehicle control skills, we organized a safety driving course for 60 of our sales personnel at the Monza racetrack.


A responsible supply chain

We recognize our supply chain’s potential to create value for the communities of emerging countries in which tuna fishing is important and we are committed to making it safe and modern. 

We are convinced that it is our responsibility to contribute to the growth of local economies in the developing countries in which we operate by validating the enormous natural resource represented by tuna, often one of the most significant sources of income of these countries.

Production at the Cermenate plant is based on the use of tuna loins which are processed by hand in fishing areas, impacting positively on the local economy: direct, creating jobs at production plants, indirect, thanks to the services required by factories.

The decision to increase the percentage of tuna caught using both Pole & Line and artisanal fishing methods has generated the reactivation of small local fleets, creating prospects for economic, social and cultural development.

Protecting human rights along the supply chain

Respect for human rights is at the heart of our corporate culture and a cornerstone of our sustainability strategy. For this reason, we are committed to ensuring that they are respected both within the company and across the supply chain by collaborating with our suppliers who are required to endorse and respect the principles of the Ethics Code and the Bolton Group’s Policy of Human Rights.

Human Rights Policy, published in December 2016:

  • defines the guidelines and commitments to protect the fundamental rights of workers;;
  • governs the respect of health and safety regulations for all employees of the Group’s companies;
  • certifies that salaries and working hours comply with local laws and standards;
  • refutes forced child labour;
  • guarantees respect of the Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Bolton Food has shared the contents of its Policy with all its employees, clients and suppliers. Additionally, an assessment questionnaire aimed at verifying respect for the principles of the policy was sent to strategic suppliers and suppliers operating in countries at risk of human rights violations. Based on the results that emerged, we have decided that, in 2018, we wilk take action with field audits focusing on potentially critical situations to evaluate mitigation actions or eliminate violations.

In June 2019, we require our suppliers to respect the Vessel Code of Conduct for Tuna Suppliers, written keeping in consideration the principles of the ILO convention and of the Seafood Task Force.

We are fully aware of the importance of the grievance mechanisms. We are working, also together with our partner, to develop a mechanism which is robust and takes into consideration the different needs of all the people involved.