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 2019 to 31 March 2020.

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 UKRI and 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 employs 10 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 2019-20 actions have included:

  1. Writing to our primary suppliers to request confirmation of their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  2. Reviewing modern slavery and human trafficking as part of the Risk Review process.
  3. Reviewing our pay scales to ensure that all employees are paid at least the relevant minimum wage.

 

Further Steps

Over the period 2012-21 we will:

  1. Induct new staff utilising an e-learning module/package raising awareness of the Modern Slavery Act and routinely raise awareness through regular training with existing employees.
  2. Continue to routinely review modern slavery and human trafficking as part of the Risk Review process.
  3. Look into costs of using an ethical supplier database where suppliers can be checked for their labour standards, compliance in general, and modern slavery and human trafficking in particular.

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: July 2020