Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Approved by the Directors on 18th February 2021
Modern slavery can take various forms such as forced and compulsory labour, child labour, domestic and indentured servitude (e.g., debt bondage) as well as human trafficking, all of which deprive a person of their liberty in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Modern slavery represents some of the gravest forms of human rights abuse in any society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in both our business and in our wider supply chain. Our employees are expected to report concerns and the Board is expected to act upon them.
The use of exploitative labour and human trafficking is a criminal offence and is strictly forbidden in both our own operations and in the supply chains we use. We do not support or deal with any person or business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.
Intelligent Energy is a world leading fuel cell engineering company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialisation of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for customers in the aero, automotive, stationary power and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sectors. Fuel cells are used in multiple applications, where clean, lightweight, high efficiency and cost-effective power is required. We are headquartered in Loughborough, in the UK, with additional offices and representation in the US, Japan, Korea and China.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials principally in relation to the manufacture and testing of our fuel cell products. Over 95% of suppliers that we have used in the last 12 months are based within the UK, or other areas of the world that we class as low risk for the purposes of slavery and human trafficking. For suppliers in high-risk territories, our Procurement and Legal team carry out further screening and checks where deemed necessary.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
Intelligent Energy is committed to conducting all aspects of its business in an ethical and transparent manner. We acknowledge our duties and responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”).
We are committed to maintaining high ethical standards and acting with honesty, integrity and transparency in all our business dealings worldwide. We do not tolerate any form of slavery or human trafficking in our organisation or within our supply chains. We expect the same high standards from all our suppliers, contractors and business partners. We have implemented a Modern Slavery Policy, which reflects our commitment, and outlines how our various procurement practices, policies and procedures ensure that we comply with the Act and avoid any potential complicity in human rights violations.
Supplier adherence to our values
We seek to ensure that we only engage with suppliers who uphold the values to which we adhere, and all new suppliers, contractors and business partners that we choose to work with are required to sign up to our Supplier Code of Conduct (or have appropriate equivalent policies and procedures in place), which confirms the standards we expect our suppliers to uphold, particularly in relation to labour/human rights, health & safety, environment, ethics, managements systems, anti-bribery & corruption and modern slavery & human trafficking. They are also required to provide a copy of their Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, if subject to the Act.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct is regularly reviewed to reflect our commitment to compliance with the Act.
Responsibilities for policy compliance
The Directors are ultimately responsible for the overall compliance of our legal and ethical obligations under the Act.
Under the leadership of the Operations Director, the Procurement and Supply Chain team is responsible for ensuring that our policies and procedures are adhered to, with regards to the day-to-day vetting of new suppliers and monitoring our supply chain to ensure compliance with our duties.
In addition, compliance with the Act is the responsibility of all employees, persons or organisations working for or on behalf of the Company.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of slavery and human trafficking in both our supply chain and own business, we offer additional training to relevant employees where required.
Reporting of suspected policy breaches
All employees are encouraged to report any concerns they may have in relation to slavery and human trafficking. We also operate a Whistleblowing policy which allows employees to report such matters to the Whistleblowing Officer. Incidents or concerns raised via this route can also be reported directly to the Board. As of the date of this statement, no concerns have been raised in relation to modern slavery or human trafficking.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th December 2021.
Chief Executive Officer
Intelligent Energy Limited