Introduction

This statement is made on behalf of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd (CWLEP) and its Group Companies pursuant to section 54(1) od the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and comprises of our modern slavery and human trafficking statement.

Our Business

We manage CWLEP and its Group companies to promote business growth and prosperity within the region by removing barriers to growth and creating the right conditions for businesses to grow, flourish and invest across the Coventry and Warwickshire area. To lead and deliver on the priorities in the strategic economic plan and emerging Local Industrial Strategy to make a real difference to the benefit of all who live, work, visit and study in Coventry & Warwickshire.

  • CWLEP – bringing our Delivery, Governance and Strategy together, directing our efforts across the Coventry and Warwickshire region to bring economic benefits to all within the area,
  • The Growth Hub is here to help businesses maximise their potential. Growth Hubs bring together the best of public and private sector partners to promote, co-ordinate and deliver business support based on local needs, working in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
  • C&W Champions - Coventry & Warwickshire Champions unites businesses, organisations and individuals across the area in a powerful network to help develop and promote Coventry and Warwickshire and raise its profile.

Our Supply Chains

Our supply chains include, West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Authorities, outplacement for IT services, outplacement of professional services such as Accounting, Legal and Audit and outplacement of other routine administrative tasks through local business practises.

Our Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our Anti-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 business or our supply chain.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

As part of our initiative to identify risk and mitigate against such risks we will nominate senior representations of the business units and functions, who will in turn report back to the Finance and Governance Board any known risks.

We will have in place systems across our business, our trading partners and supply chain                    to: -

  • Identify inappropriate employment practises,
  • Identify any other potential risk areas,
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring,
  • Monitor potential risk areas
  • Protect Whistle-blowers,

CWLP already employs the use of a Whistleblowing Policy.

Measuring Effectiveness – Supplier Adherence to Our Values and Ethics

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we operate in line with principles of responsible sourcing, including paying employees at least the prevailing minimum wage applicable. We will engage with our supply chain in a compliance programme to consist of client reviews, audit and self-certification declarations.

Training

To ensure a level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, in our supply chain and in our business partners, we will provide relevant training to our staff.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and approved by our Finance and Governance Board in March 2020

 

Signed by Nick Abell (Chair) CWLEP Finance and Governance Board

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership