Modern slavery statement

TNEI recognises the crucial role of all organisations within the private sector in ending modern slavery and as such take all due cognisance of the requirements of, and guidance within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. TNEI are a Small Enterprise and independent specialist energy consultancy providing technical, strategic, environmental and consenting advice to organisations operating within the conventional and renewable energy sectors. As such TNEI are not obliged to produce an annual Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC, s.54) report.

TNEI Services Limited is a UK registered company operating from three offices in the UK: Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. Our clients range from large utility companies, large and small project developers, industrial organisations and manufacturers, regulators, public sector bodies and community groups.

We have been operating in the energy industry since 1974 when IPSA software was first created at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), where The Northern Energy Initiative (TNEI) began pioneering research into renewable energy in 1999. As a result of collaboration between these two entities, TNEI Services Ltd and IPSA Power were merged in 2004 and we have been delivering high quality consultancy services to our clients around the world ever since.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility company policy refers to TNEI’s responsibility towards others. We acknowledge that TNEI is part of a bigger system consisting of people, organisations, sectors, nations and the environment. Copies of this policy can be provided upon request.

We have a zero-tolerance policy towards acts of modern-day slavery and human trafficking within our business and our supply chain. Slavery includes; child labour, forced marriage, human trafficking, forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.

TNEI is dedicated to protecting human rights. It will remain a committed equal opportunity employer and will incorporate all fair employment practices in employee relations. It will also ensure that its business activities do not directly or indirectly support violations of human rights stipulations in any country (e.g. harassment, human trafficking or slavery). TNEI assess any subcontractor/sub consultant prior to engaging their services and are be mindful of a Client’s operations and ethical status before entering into a contract. TNEI’s procedures for the management of sub-consultants and other third parties are included in our ISO 9001 certified quality management system and Integrated Management System (IMS). TNEI regularly works with partners, joint ventures or in consortiums, and so we have developed a robust and flexible means of managing this. Policies and procedures can be provided upon request. All new subcontractor appointments are approved by our Operations Director.

Our employees are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, which helps to create a culture that fosters transparency, as it empowers our people with the correct tools to avoid, identify, and respond to all ethics-related issues. All our staff are made aware of our policies and procedures and sign onto these as part of their induction. Ongoing training needs are assessed annually. Employees are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or the supply chains of any supplier at the earliest possible stage. Any breach of our codes and policies can be reported anonymously. Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct. Any subcontractor found to be in breach will be removed from our approved supplier database.

Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Our UK company Director & CEO has overall responsibility for ensuring this statement complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.

Our Operations Director has day-to-day responsibility for implementing this statement, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this statement, are able to assess any associated risks and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.