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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2021 for EEF Ltd (t/a Make UK)

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps we have taken to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.

Introduction    

EEF Limited, (trading as Make UK) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking occurring in any of its corporate activities. As a professional services organisation, our services are delivered to our member companies and clients. Our commitment, is to ensure that those organisations that we actually contract with to receive goods and services are aware of our policies in order to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.

This commitment is evident through our company policies, which aim to uphold the highest ethical and professional standards. We ensure the adherence to policy commitments and compliance of current Government legislation and regulations.

Our organisational structure and operations

Make UK is a manufacturing support service provider, working across a range of services from industry leaders, managers and professionals, to young people, apprentices, policy-makers and the media. 

Make UK is made up of: Make Business, Make Venues, UK Steel, and Make UK Defence   Employing between them around 300 staff nationally.

The vast majority of our suppliers and contractors are based in the UK.

Make UK has a total annual turnover of c£39m.

Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Make UK is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.

As an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.

Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.

We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Policies relating to slavery and human trafficking

Our Anti-slavery policy is posted on the staff intranet together with all other company policies and procedures.  It is an annual agenda item for discussion and consultation with our National Staff Forum. It reflects our commitment implementing and enforcing effective procedures and controls to minimise the risks of human trafficking and other modern slavery practices infiltrating our business operations and acting ethically and with integrity in all our business activities and relationships.  

Due to the nature of our business, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.

Previous  action

Make UK introduced  an anti-slavery policy to all our staff following consultation with staff representatives.

The incorporation of the anti-slavery policy into our Employee Handbook.

Current action

We aim to take the following further steps over the course of the next financial year January 2021 to December 2021: 

Ensure that staff involved in buying or procurement and the recruitment and deployment of workers receive training on modern slavery.

Make UK is actively considering how we can increase the attention of our suppliers to zero tolerance policy to modern slavery. This statement has been approved by the Executive Board of Directors and the actions contained herein.

This statement has been approved by Richard Greenway, Finance Director for the financial year ending 31 December 2021.

This statement will be reviewed and updated every year.