Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery Act Statement 2017

National Nuclear Laboratory Limited (“NNL”)


The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) requires organisations with an annual turnover above £36 million to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. NNL’s annual turnover exceeds this threshold.

This statement outlines the actions taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of NNL’s business or supply chains and considers the future steps NNL can put in place to make any required improvements over time.

NNL is committed to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking. NNL will not tolerate the abuse of men, women or children and strives for total transparency right through its business and supply chains. Accountability is assigned to the NNL Chief Financial Officer, with the Procurement Team undertaking day to day management.

NNL background

NNL is a wholly owned subsidiary of NNL Holdings Limited, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). NNL is the only trading company within the NNL group.

As the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory, NNL offers a breadth of technical advice; solutions; products and services supporting the complete nuclear fuel cycle, from fuel manufacture and power generation to reprocessing, waste treatment and disposal. We operate from six sites in Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, although most of our work is focused around our sites in the North West of England, and we are the second biggest industrial employer in West Cumbria.

NNL plays a central role in the co-ordination of UK nuclear research and development and maintains close links with academia and industry. We support Government in safeguarding the UK’s nuclear skills and capabilities and provide advice on key strategic decisions.

NNL Supply Chain - activities undertaken

NNL will not engage in business with anyone known to be in breach of the Act and takes a zero tolerance view to any suppliers who are found in breach of the Act after contract award. High level consideration has been given to NNL’s supply chain and due to the geographical nature of our suppliers (see chart below) and the types of products/services procured, the risk is considered low. However we are not complacent in any of our assumptions.

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NNL’s standard terms and conditions require our suppliers and each of their subcontractors to comply with the Act. 


We are working to increase awareness within our organisation and to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks associated with modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business. 

Further considerations

Over the coming year, NNL will:

  • Continue the preparation of a formal Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy for adoption by the NNL Executive Leadership Team and communication to all employees and staff.
  • Ensure CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply E-Learning is undertaken by members of the Procurement team; with further training and awareness sessions to be scheduled during 2018 for the wider business as appropriate.  
  • Utilise the UK Government Selection Questionnaire (SQ) to request specific information from relevant suppliers with regards their compliance with the Act. 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes NNL’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2017.


Ruth Dunphy
Chief Financial Officer
National Nuclear Laboratory Limited