MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This Modern Slavery Statement has been prepared for Agility Trains West Limited and Agility Trains East Limited (together “Agility Trains”) and their representatives, being secondees and consultants acting on their behalf.
Agility Trains recognises the importance of tackling Modern Slavery in its business and its supply chain and is committed to a policy of acting ethically in its business dealings and minimising the risk of slavery or human trafficking arising in these areas. This statement describes the Agility Trains business and sets in context its policies and the steps being taken in this regard.
Agility Trains is a special purpose company, established specifically to fund and implement the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) Intercity Express Programme (IEP), delivering new trains and maintenance facilities into operation across the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. Agility Trains’ annual turnover for 2018-2019 and for the foreseeable future will exceed the £36 million threshold specified in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Under the IEP contracts the design and manufacture of the trains, and provision of the associated depot facilities, has been sub-contracted in its entirety to Hitachi Rail Europe Limited[i] (‘Hitachi’), with Agility Trains providing finance and acting as the central contracting party with DfT, Hitachi and the Train Operating Company (the ultimate customer for the trains and their services) as well as the banks and shareholders providing the finance. This means that the Agility Trains business can be operated with a relatively small workforce.
As a result, Hitachi constitutes the majority (>95%) of Agility Trains’ supply chain, with the other organisations with which Agility Trains primarily engages being banks, shareholders and various professional services companies (lawyers, accountants and a range of technical consultants). In addition to these contractual/financial counterparty or advisory organisations Agility Trains also deals with other, typically smaller, businesses for comparatively minor, more routine, provision of services such as office premises, facilities management, IT support etc.
Policy and Actions to Date
Given the nature of the Agility Trains organisation, the direct risks associated with modern slavery or human trafficking are assessed to be very limited. Nevertheless, Agility Trains has produced and issued to all staff a policy statement confirming that prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery and/or human trafficking in any part of the company’s business is the responsibility of everyone working for it and that, should they have any concerns in this respect, they are to be reported to the company’s senior management.
The company has also sought to ensure that the other entities it engages with in its business dealings, i.e. those referenced above, themselves have appropriate policies and arrangements in place. It has prepared a comprehensive list of all external organisations it deals with and has adopted a programme of working through these, checking on their published statements, policies and procedures in this area.
This has confirmed that Agility Trains’ largest supplier by far, Hitachi, has in place comprehensive modern slavery policies and prevention procedures, regular updates of which are published on its website. Discussions with, and review of published material from the professional services companies it deals with has confirmed that appropriate arrangements are also in place in these organisations.
Agility Trains will now extend this process to its other (relatively few) business partners and, going forward, will continue to monitor suppliers’ published policies and reports, will include this activity in its annual business assurance programme, and provide updates in its annual statements.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Agility Trains’ slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2019. It has been approved by the Board of Directors for Agility Trains West Limited and Agility Trains East Limited.
Chief Executive Officer
[i] Note Hitachi Rail Europe Limited will be re-named Hitachi Rail Limited from 1 April 2019