Covelya Group (the “Group”), was formed in April 2020 and its wholly owned group companies include Chelsea Technologies Limited, EIVA a/s, Sonardyne International Limited, and subsidiaries, Wavefront Systems Limited and Voyis Imaging Inc. (together the “Covelya Group” or “Group”). We have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery, and we are committed to acting in an ethical manner and with integrity and transparency in our business dealings.
The Company supports the provisions set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act). This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Act and constitutes the Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement.
This statement outlines the steps taken by the Group in the financial year ending 31 March 2021 to ensure that slavery, any form of forced labour or human trafficking is not taking place within any part of our business or within our supply chains.
The Covelya Group has its head office in the United Kingdom and is a leading provider of marine and subsea solutions worldwide, operating in a wide range of sectors within the energy, science, defence, and commercial markets. We have 450 employees located in offices across 6 countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, United States of America, Singapore, Brazil and Canada and an agent and reseller network worldwide. In 2020 the companies now forming Covelya Group had a combined annual turnover of over £50 million.
Our Supply Chains
Our companies develop and manufacture products from locations in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Denmark and supply to our customers for use within vessels, the oceans and waterways worldwide. The nature of materials we obtain through our supply chains mainly consists of raw materials; electronic components; ceramics; machined parts; fabricated parts; sensors; batteries; cables and connectors. Our supply chains are mainly located within the United Kingdom, Canada and Denmark.
This year, one of our Group companies, Sonardyne International Limited, has met the criteria to report under the Act.
Sonardyne International Policies
Within Sonardyne International Limited the Modern Slavery Policy, Code of Conduct, Ethics and Anti-Bribery Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct reflects the commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure as far as possible that slavery, any form of forced labour and human trafficking are not taking place within the company or within its supply chains. Policies are complemented by a compliance programme which includes training, risk assessments, audit assurance, monitoring and review processes.
Copies of our policies are available on the website, covelya.com.
Sonardyne International Due Diligence, Monitoring Risk and Ensuring Compliance
Sonardyne International Limited conducts a preliminary modern slavery risk assessment on all its suppliers as part of its New Supplier Approval process. This risk assessment is based upon geography, the nature of the supply and of the transaction. The supplier due diligence questionnaire includes analysis of modern slavery risks and continues to be issued to new suppliers located in countries, or operating in markets, considered to be high risk. New plans are to include existing suppliers in ongoing regular compliance checks. Sonardyne International Limited operates a companywide whistleblowing process and all employees who have regular contacts with suppliers, including directors, have undertaken mandatory compliance training and this will be extended during 2021 to include annual refresher training.
Compliance will continue to be monitored on an ongoing basis, through:
- Identifying and mitigating potential risk areas in supply chains and third parties through risk assessment and due diligence.
- Reviewing suppliers’ compliance with the Modern Slavery Policy, Supplier Code of Conduct, supplier pre-qualification procedures, Standard Terms and Conditions of Purchase, and other contractual terms. A copy of the Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes Modern Slavery obligations, is provided to suppliers in order that they can confirm their compliance. This year due diligence was made more robust and now includes reviews of suppliers’ programme policy statements.
- Compliance and monitoring potential risk areas in supply chains which continued as set out in the last statement although COVID prevented supplier site audits which will restart when businesses re-open for external visitors.
- Reporting systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
Supported by our audit, legal and business teams, on-going compliance within the Group is the responsibility of Group operating company Managing Directors who are required to monitor compliance and report concerns to their local boards and to the Group Chief Executive Officer who has overall responsibility for compliance.
As a group of companies formed in 2020 this is a key area of focus and in order to support the group approach, we had planned to co-ordinate a risk assessment of modern slavery across the Group during 2020. This was not completed during 2020 however investment was made in a tool that will improve facilitation of risk assessments completion during 2021 and compliance throughout the programme. This is be supported by a group wide approach to ethical policies and guidelines including whistleblowing, code of conduct, code of ethics and Modern Slavery.
Our Modern Slavery Policy was disseminated to all operating companies within the Covelya Group and will be reviewed and updated this year to include learnings from continuous improvement activities. Each business is required to take steps to ensure that its staff and its suppliers are aware of the policy and that they understand and comply with it.
We provide training to employees to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business. This training will be disseminated further across the Group during 2021/22.
During 2021 and 2022 we plan to improve our programme by:
- Providing clarity on reporting requirements by inclusion in audit, internal controls and express instructions in the revised policy
- Completion of the planned risk assessment across the group of companies
- Ensuring existing suppliers are included in ongoing compliance checks, where risks are evident
- Revising processes to show escalation paths for issues
- Providing clarity on related clauses to be included in purchase terms
- Providing clarity on actions to be taken if issues are discovered or raised
- Production of guidance and tool kit to increase awareness for use onsite, including advice for handling red flags and observed issues
- Communicating awareness days to promote awareness and actions for countering Modern Slavery
As Chief Executive Officer, I will continue to lead this important agenda for the Covelya Group and will report annually on the steps that we have taken and will be taking to prevent modern slavery.
A copy of this Statement is available on the Company’s website at covelya.com and, at the Gov.UK Modern Slavery Statement Registry.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company and signed on its behalf by:
Chief Executive Officer