Modern Slavery Statement

This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

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. 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 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, with their principle locations being Bristol, Coventry, 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. Supply chain engagement with procurement only takes place 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 process setting out our expectations that our contractors fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and be transparent, accountable and auditable.

Risk mitigation for slavery and human trafficking

Over the period 2018-19 actions have included:

  1. All employees completing an e-learning package to raising awareness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  2. Updating of our induction process for new staff to include the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  3. Confirmation that all seven centres that make up the HVM Catapult have made their own declaration of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 including a statement on their websites.
  4. Introducing into our procurement process a requirement for our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As contracts are reviewed the opportunity will be taken to ensure that suitable references relating to the Modern Slavery Act are incorporated.
  5. Provided for the routine review of modern slavery and human trafficking as part of our Risk Register reviews.


Further Steps

Over the period 2019-20 we will:

  1. Induct new staff utilising the update process that references the Modern Slavery Act
  2. Routinely review modern slavery and human trafficking as part of the Risk Review Process.
  3. Write to our primary suppliers whose contracts have yet to be reviewed to request confirmation of their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015

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 2020. 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