Modern Slavery Act
This Statement describes how Western Power Distribution PLC 09223384; Western Power Distribution (East Midlands) Plc (company number 02366923); Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) Plc (company number 03600574); Western Power Distribution (South West) Plc (company number 02366894); Western Power Distribution (South Wales) Plc (company number 02366985); WPD Smart Metering Limited ( company number 07139151); South Western Helicopters Limited (company number 02439215); WPD Property Investments Limited (company number 02373239) and WPD Telecoms Limited (company number 2386327); (collectively, “WPD”)
WPD is the company responsible for electricity distribution in the Midlands, South West and Wales. Our business serves over 7.8 million customers and we employ over 6,500 members of staff to ensure the highest quality of service.
WPD takes its responsibilities very seriously. We are regulated by Ofgem (the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets) and we are very proud to have been awarded the Government's Charter Mark, now known as the Customer Service Excellence award.
As a company, we always strive to work to the highest professional standards and comply with all laws, regulations and rules relevant to our business. Our aims are to improve the impact of our business on society. We expect the same high standards from those businesses with which we work. Consequently, we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our supply chains or in any part of our business.
This statement provides clarity of our standards, specifically focusing on WPD's compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its commitment to prohibiting any form of forced labour or slavery throughout our business and our supply chain.
To be able to achieve this commitment WPD has taken the following steps:
1. We have contacted those businesses within our existing supply chain seeking positive confirmation that they are compliant with these legislative requirements;
2. We have introduced these commitments into our procurement process for new contract awards;
3. We have provided awareness training to our staff on the obligations for our business;
4. We have an Anti-Slavery procedure for our business, which we have published internally to all employees.
WPD continues to review its policies and processes in an effort to go beyond basic social and environmental regulations and to ensure the highest standards in its supply chain, as expected by WPD's customers and the companies with which it works.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for our 2020/21 financial year.
Version date April 2021.