Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Approved by the Directors on 6 March 2019
Forced or compulsory labour, human trafficking and other kinds of slavery represent 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 management are 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 supply chains. We do not support or deal with any person or business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.
Intelligent Energy is a fuel cell engineering company focused on the development and commercialisation of its PEM fuel cell technologies for a range of markets including automotive, stationary power and UAVs. Our principal facility and headquarters are located in Loughborough, UK. As at the date of this statement we also operate in Japan, India, the US and China.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of materials principally in relation to the low-level 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, we have more stringent checks carried out by our Procurement team, 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 acting with honesty, integrity and transparency in all our business dealings worldwide, and do not tolerate any form of slavery or human trafficking in our organisation or within the 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 compliance with the Act.
Supplier adherence to our values
Our Supplier Code of Conduct is regularly reviewed to reflect our commitment to compliance with the Act.
All new suppliers, contractors and business partners that we choose to work with (whether classed as high risk or not), are required to sign up to our Supplier Code of Conduct; this document confirms the standards we expect our suppliers to up-hold in relation to labour/human rights, health & safety, environment, ethics, managements systems, anti-bribery & corruption and modern slavery & human trafficking. They will also be required to provide a copy of their Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, if subject to 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 team is responsible for ensuring that our policies and procedures are adhered to, with regard 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. Incidents or concerns raised via this route can be reported directly to the Company Secretary.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Intelligent Energy Limited