Modern Slavery Statement
Power NI Energy Limited (“Power NI or “the Company”) fully supports the aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) and is committed to tackling slavery and human trafficking where it can. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Act and constitutes the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2020.
Power NI is committed to the highest level of ethical standards and sound governance arrangements and prohibits all forms of slavery and human trafficking in all its different forms in any part of its businesses and it its supply chain.
Organisational structure and supply chains
Power NI is part of the Energia Group (“the Group”), the leading independent energy company in Ireland.
The Company operates in Northern Ireland, supplying electricity to residential and commercial customers through its Power NI business and procuring power through its Power Procurement Business, and had 392 employees at 31 March 2020. Turnover for the year ended 31 March 2020 was £662.2m. The majority of the Company’s supply chain is sourced from within the UK and the RoI.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Other relevant Group policies include the Group’s Anti-corruption and Bribery policy, Corporate Social Responsibility policy, Code of Conduct policy and Whistleblowing policy.
The modern slavery and human trafficking risk
Our Modern Slavery Policy is key for the Company having in place systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains; and
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains
We encourage the reporting of concerns by our employees to their line managers or heads of department. If they are unsure on whether to raise a concern they can contact our confidential advice line managed for us by Public Concern at Work to ensure independence.
Supplier adherence to our values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and have previously written to our suppliers notifying them of our support for the aims of the Act and provided them with a copy of our Modern Slavery Policy. The Energia Group’s procurement policy includes cross references to Modern Slavery and the Company’s Modern Slavery Policy. The Energia Group also employs a Procurement Manager and a Risk Governance Manager who, as part of their roles, ensure that there is a high level of understanding of the risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business.
During 2019/20 the Group surveyed suppliers that it identified as having an active business relationship with the Company. The purpose of the survey was to identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains. The survey required suppliers to answer a number of questions in order to help us understand their approach in ensuring that their products and services are in compliance with the relevant legislation and in-line with our published statements. We aim to build upon the results of this survey in the year ahead.
The Group Procurement Manager undertakes CIPS Ethical Procurement training on an annual basis and the Company will seek to roll out training on the risks of slavery and human trafficking to a wider group of employees during 2020/21.
This statement was approved by the Board of Power NI Energy Limited.
30 July 2020