This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It outlines the steps taken by NEC Group during the financial year ended on 31 March 2021 as part of our commitment to uphold and implement high standards of governance and ethical behaviour across our business.
We are committed to ensuring that slavery is not taking place in any part of our operations or, to the maximum extent possible, in any of our supply chains and to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships.
NEC Group is the UK’s leading live events business operating in exhibitions, conferences, music, sports, family entertainment and hospitality. Our vision is to be Europe’s most successful live events business, operating leading leisure, entertainment, and business destinations. We bring live to life.
Our venues include the NEC, ICC, Resorts World Arena, Utilita Arena Birmingham and the VOX Conference Centre. We also operate a national ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory, a hospitality brand Amplify and award winning caterer Amadeus.
Our business is organised into three business units:
(i) Conventions & Exhibitions – which operates the NEC, ICC & VOX Conference Centre venues;
(ii) Arenas & Ticketing – which operates the Resorts World Arena and the Utilita Arena Birmingham venues and The Ticket Factory; and
(iii) Amadeus – which operates our catering business.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or our business.
We also adhere to standards of responsible conduct and train employees to treat each other with respect, and to adhere to laws, regulations, and standards such as those referenced above.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
We have a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. As part of the NEC Group’s due diligence process to identify and mitigate risks related to slavery and human trafficking, we put in place systems to:
(i) Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
(ii) Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains; and
(iii) Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
In addition, we have established policies and procedures in place to protect whistleblowers.
Supplier adherence to our values
We work with a large number of suppliers of goods and services, event organisers, concert promoters and operational support partners. To ensure that our supply chains comply with our policies, we continue to develop our supplier due diligence processes and require suppliers to provide compliance information as part of our tender and other purchasing processes.
Our purchasing arrangements require suppliers to comply generally with all applicable laws and statutory requirements, but also specifically with our Supplier Compliance Schedule. Amongst other things, this Supplier Compliance Schedule includes contractual commitments to comply with the terms of our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy and additional obligations relating to tackling the risk of bribery, corruption, and tax evasion in our supply chains.
We have a compliance team in relation to this policy, which consists of involvement from the following departments:
(ii) Human Resources; and
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
Save for the use of the NEC as a Nightingale Hospital, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our venues were forced to close for the majority of the financial year and a large proportion of our staff were placed on furlough whilst event activity was prohibited. However, our commitment to treating people fairly and to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business has remained.
We have taken time this year to consider how we could improve our due diligence and risk assessment processes and, as our industry starts to re-open during the next financial year, we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:
(i) We will continue to obtain compliance with our Supplier Compliance Schedule, which includes obligations to comply with our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
(ii) We plan to re-assess our existing due diligence and risk assessment processes and to embed additional annual reviews into our e-sourcing processes.
(iii) We plan to create an overarching ‘code of conduct' to bring together our key policies and values in respect of how we expect our employees, partners, and suppliers to act in a fair and ethical way.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff via our online training platform.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 22 September 2021.
CEO, NEC Group
 References to NEC Group in this statement are to LHTCA Topco Limited (a Jersey company) and its subsidiary companies, including The National Exhibition Centre Limited (UK company registration number 979395).