This statement which was approved by the Mainstream Renewable Power Board of Directors on 18 June 2019 is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Mainstream is committed to taking to combat slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain.
Mainstream is a global company operating in the renewable energy sector with its primary business being the development of large-scale wind and solar power projects. Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd is an Irish company with its head office in Dublin and is the ultimate parent company of the Mainstream group. The Mainstream group has over 200 employees worldwide and operates in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
Mainstream’s business model is to develop renewable energy projects in growth markets and we offer the capability of managing these projects through the construction phase and into commercial operation. We work with a broad range of suppliers including turbine manufactures, EPC contractors, balance of plant engineering services, specialist electrical equipment suppliers and installers and construction contractors, as well as technical and information service providers to all of our offices worldwide.
We consider the construction phase to be most at risk of exposure to modern slavery and therefore we will only appoint the highest calibre of construction contractors who can demonstrate best practice in regards to employee health and safety, working conditions and equitable pay.
Mainstream is committed to ensuring that there is no form of modern slavery or human trafficking taking place in our business and supply chain and we ensure that every project we develop is done so in accordance with the Mainstream Global Development Standard © (“GDS”). The Mainstream GDS which is our in-house project development system is benchmarked against the UN Guiding Principles and Human Rights and the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines. It is also aligned with the IFC Environmental and Social Standards and the Equator Principles ensuring that we adhere to international best standards throughout all stages of the project lifecycle.
Our Modern Slavery Policy and the Mainstream Code of Conduct reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings. Our recruitment policies and processes ensure that all employees and contractors are treated fairly and in accordance with the highest standards of labour practices. The Mainstream Whistleblowing Policy is freely accessible to all employees and provides for confidential reporting on any matter deemed to be in breach of company policies including human rights violations.
As part of our initiatives to identify and mitigate risk we undertake thorough due diligence on our potential partners and require that our suppliers share our commitment to combating modern slavery and human trafficking in their own supply chains. New partners and suppliers are required to sign up to the Mainstream Code of Conduct and company policies and to provide confirmation of their own organisational structures, policies on modern slavery, subcontractor arrangements and compliance monitoring.
Staff training on modern slavery and the Mainstream Code of Conduct is provided annually and we also make our in-house training programme available to our suppliers and business partners. Compliance with this training is monitored as a key performance indicator and results are reported to our Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. It is company policy to ensure that all employees understand the risks which modern slavery and human trafficking pose to our business and we will continue to promote and create awareness of our policies in this regard.
Mainstream is firmly committed to a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery and we will continue to demonstrate this commitment in all aspects of our business in the forthcoming financial year.
Group Chief Executive