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Modern slavery statement

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Modern slavery statement

At ESB Energy, we’re committed to being the easiest and most transparent energy company to deal with.




ESB Energy Limited (the "Company")


Statement on the Prevention of Slavery and Human Trafficking – 2020


INTRODUCTION

 

The Company has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in its own business or in any of its supply chains.

The Company is committed to ensuring there is transparency in its own business and in its approach to tackling modern slavery throughout its supply chains and expects the same standards from all its contractors, suppliers and other business partners.

In August 2021, the board of the Company approved its first statement on the prevention of slavery and human trafficking as required by the turnover provisions in the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’). This statement and sets out the steps taken by the Company during 2020 to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Act and constitutes the Company’s statement for its financial year ended 31 December 2020.


ESB’S BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN


The Company is part of the ESB group of companies. ESB is a vertically integrated utility whose business activities include the generation, transmission and distribution and supply of electricity in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Further details of ESB business operations can be found at www.esb.ie.


STEPS TAKEN


The Company seeks at all times to comply with employment law applicable to it and puts in place contractual arrangements with providers of agency staff requiring that they achieve the same level of compliance.

The Company has during 2020 taken the following steps to prevent acts of modern slavery from occurring within its supply chains:

The specific work outlined above is complemented by a broader reinforcement of ethical business practices across the wider group through the introduction of an updated version of ESB’s “Our Code”. This document provides clear guidance to all employees (including subsidiaries) on any ethical issues they may encounter when carrying out their work, including how to report any suspected wrongdoing. Contracting parties supplying services to the Company are also expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles of this Code. Further information about Group’s ethical business practices can be found by accessing the following link https://esb.ie/who-we-are/corporate-governance/esb-code-of-ethics---our-code

During the course of 2021, ESB plans to develop a Group Human Rights Policy, which when adopted will apply to all subsidiaries. This policy will reinforce the practices set out in “Our Code” and link the group’s range of policies on human rights including: Health and Safety Policy, Environment and Sustainability Policy, Cultural Diversity Policy, Equal Opportunities and Diversity Code of Practice, Anti-Bribery Policy, Corruption & Fraud Policy, Whistleblowing & Protected Disclosures Policy and Modern Slavery Policy.

The Company has also adopted ESB’s Policy on Modern Slavery (available at www.esb.ie) in and this is in the course of being communicated to all employees. This policy sets out the actions that the Company will take to ensure the prevention of modern slavery, the roles and responsibilities from Board level down to each individual employee and the means by which any suspected incidences of modern slavery should be reported. Employees are encouraged to report any suspected wrongdoing, and ESB’s Group Policies set out the protections for employees in reporting serious malpractice at work.

In order to understand how effective these controls are to ensure that modern slavery does not exist within our supply chain, external audits are conducted, where appropriate, on the activities of suppliers considered to operate in high risk regions or industries. No incidents of modern slavery were found during the course of these audits.

The specific work outlined above will be complemented by a further programme of work for 2021, including the outsourcing of ESB’s internal risk assessment process to a suitably qualified third party.

The publication of this Statement was delayed due to administrative delays resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.


APPROVAL


This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company on 11th August 2021.

Signed By:

John Walsh,

Director,

ESB Energy Limited.



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