We contract with suppliers to ensure that we have the goods and services needed to generate and supply electricity, gas and energy services to our customers.
Our supply chain due diligence processes include elements that identify any potential risks relating to slavery and human trafficking and we carry out thorough risk assessments to identify areas of focus in relation to Modern Slavery concerns.
At EDF we have a set of Minimum Standards that suppliers are required to abide by. These include a requirement for suppliers to complete a risk –based selfassessment aligned to the 10 Principles of the UNGC. This provides us with our first opportunity to assess and mitigate the risks associated with Modern Slavery.
We ask our key suppliers to obtain Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s Sustainability Index accreditation.This covers economic, environmental and social aspects of their supply chains. This includes evidence to support payment of legal wages, entitlement to work, freedom of association and protection of workers’ rights and compliance with regard to Modern Slavery Act statement publication.
Our key suppliers are subject to additional reviews which include topics designed to identify the risks of Modern Slavery Supplier Relationship Management activities and Supplier Compliance Reviews allow in depth assurance and ongoing checks throughout contract delivery to ensure ethical behaviours and industry codes of practice are followed.
We adopt tender specification requirements to set expectations of how goods and services should be delivered. Tender evaluation processes are also designed to establish whether suppliers can meet these expectations. A large number of our suppliers are companies registered in the UK who match EDF's levels of transparency in relation to UK employment law and the Modern Slavery Act.
The UK Nuclear Industry is developing capacity and capability within its supply chain and to maintain a rigorous and clear approach to ensure the quality of products and services received. In 2018 a new process of Supply Chain Mapping was introduced with a completion date of Q1 2019 which will assist existing contractors, new entrants and potential new entrants to the industry to improve efficiency and transparency.