Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction from Dick Elsy, Chief Executive Officer

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult understands that modern slavery and human trafficking are all growing concerns and the risk is present in every country, whether industrialised, developed or in transition. HVM Catapult has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking of any kind in our operations and supply chain and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and supply chains.

This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Our business structure

HVM Catapult is a company limited by guarantee (the HVM Catapult company) that brings together seven technology innovation centres which act as the process arm of the HVM Catapult. These seven centres are independent legal entities. The HVM Catapult was established by Innovate UK (then the Technology Strategy Board) to support and grow the advanced manufacturing sector in the UK and Innovate UK, together with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are our primary stakeholders. Through our seven centres we work with manufacturing businesses of all sizes and from all sectors and help turn ideas into commercial applications by addressing the gap between technology concept and commercialisation.

The HVM Catapult company has a single site office is in Solihull, England and employees 11 people with all activities taking place in the United Kingdom. Our seven independent centres are situated across different locations within the UK, namely Bristol, Coventry, the North East (Darlington, Sedgefield and Wilton), Sheffield and Glasgow.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

The HVM Catapult is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking. The HVM Catapult company maintains a Code of Conduct, including policies on Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Whistleblowing as part of a wider suite of policies, all of which are easily accessible by all HVM Catapult company staff and are reviewed on a regular basis.

Our supply chains

The HVM Catapult company has extremely limited procurement activities and supply chain engagement with procurement only in relation to our small Solihull office and from a restricted group of suppliers. If any significant procurement activity were to take place in future, it would be done by way of a tender which would cover the Modern Slavery Act 2015. All of our contractors are UK based. We expect our contractors and supply chain to fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and be transparent, accountable and auditable.

Risk mitigation for slavery and human trafficking

Over the period 2017-18 we have:

  1. Reviewed our pay scales to ensure that all employees are paid at least the relevant minimum wage.
  2. Designed and managed our recruitment processes to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and that once employed there are processes in place designed to support and safeguard our employees.
  3. Updated all of our policies to ensure they are relevant and purposeful and and that they protect our employees and have also put in place a process for regular review of these policies.

Further Steps

Over the period 2018-19 we plan to:

  1. Procure an e-learning module/package to be completed by our employees to raised awareness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  2. Ensure our induction process for new staff includes staff training on the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
  3. Ensure that the seven centres that make up the HVM Catapult comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and publish a Statement on their websites;
  4. Introduce into our procurement process a requirement for our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and when existing contracts are reviewed, take the opportunity to ensure that suitable references relating to the Modern Slavery Act are incorporated.
  5. We will review the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking as part of our Risk Register reviews.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year to 31st March 2018. It has been approved and endorsed by HVM Catapult’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.

Dick Elsy
Chief Executive Officer
High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Date: November 2018