1. Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”), to help ensure that modern slavery does not occur within Connected Places Catapult (“CPC”) or its supply chain.

CPC has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships.

2. About Connected Places Catapult

At CPC, we provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.

We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets. We run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

We are committed to ensure that there is a transparency in our business and supply chain, consistent with the Act and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

3. Due Diligence

We have systems and procedures in place to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains as part of the procurement process.

4. Our Policies

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery 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 is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Our Whistleblowing Policy offers an independent channel for employees to raise concerns and report suspected wrongdoing in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously, appropriately investigated, and their confidentiality respected.

Our Procurement Policy outlines the Due-Diligence process followed for any procurement.

5. Further Steps

Periodic training is given to colleagues in accordance with the learning and development framework and training needs analysis.

We will continue to review and update our policies to ensure they are up to date and shared with all employees.