Tulip, Britain’s largest pig farmer and producer of pork, has joined nine other UK businesses in signing up to Bright Future, an innovative scheme devised by the Co-op, in conjunction with City Hearts, to create jobs for victims of modern slavery.
Alongside such household names as Dixons and The Body Shop, Tulip has become a Bright Future Business Partner and pledged to provide employment for people rescued from enslavement.
Under the Bright Future scheme, victims are offered a four-week paid work placement leading to a non-competitive interview. If both elements are successful the candidate will be offered a permanent job within the host business.
Tulip will now work with a nationwide network of local victim support charities, established by victim support charity City Hearts and the Co-op, to identify suitable applicants.
More than 30 vulnerable survivors have already been given a chance to rebuild their lives by the Co-op and it is envisaged that up to 300 people will secure placements through the Bright Future programme by 2020.
Rachel Baldwin, Tulip’s vice president of human resources, said:“At Tulip we’re committed to working in local communities and providing a workplace where people feel valued, trust each other and work together. We are pleased that through the Bright Future programme we are able to offer this support to victims of modern slavery and help them towards a better quality of life.”