Modern Slavery Act Statement

National Nuclear Laboratory Limited (“NNL”) – Modern Slavery Act Statement – 2020


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 by NNL to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of NNL’s business or supply chains. It also considers what further steps NNL can put in place to continually improve.

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 own 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’s Supply Chain

NNL will not engage in business with any supplier or individual known to engage in practices which are 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.

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

NNL practices robust due diligence throughout the tender supplier selection process, including use of the UK Government Supplier Questionnaire (SQ) for all contracts valued over £100,000 which contains specific requirements related to the Act. NNL also use supplier intelligence sources, such as Rapid Ratings and Dun and Bradstreet to ensure that all our suppliers are financially, ethically and legally sound. If a supplier is found to be in breach of the Act, or found to have misled NNL during the tendering process, immediate steps will be taken to measure the impact of the breach, and if necessary terminate the contract.

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. NNL is committed to periodic reviews of our suppliers, in particular where multi-year contracts are placed. This allows us to reassess any, or all, of the information provided at the time of the contract award and highlight any areas for improvement, including where the supplier is in breach of, or falling short of, the conditions of the Act.


NNL is 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.

Developments from Modern Slavery Act statement 2018

NNL has prepared an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which has been adopted by the NNL Executive Leadership Team. This will be communicated to all employees and staff.

NNL has ensured that CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply E-Learning has been undertaken by all members of the Procurement team. Further training and awareness sessions are scheduled for the wider business, such as NNL’s internal audit team, as appropriate.

Further considerations

NNL carries out periodic reviews of our suppliers, in particular where multi-year contracts are placed to ensure that such contracts contain terms requiring our suppliers and each of their subcontractors to comply with the Act. This includes utilising Government audited frameworks and suppliers.

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 2020.

Matt Miller
Chief Financial Officer
National Nuclear Laboratory Limited