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Modern Slavery Act

WPD Statement on the Modern Slavery Act

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 6,000 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 is undertaking the following steps:
1. We are contacting those businesses within our existing supply chain and we are 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 are providing awareness training to our staff on the obligations for our business;
4. We are currently developing an Anti-Slavery Policy for our business.
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 2016/2017 financial year.

Version Date: August 2016