This statement sets out the steps that Canopius has taken to seek to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
The Canopius group provides global specialty lines of insurance and reinsurance with a major presence at Lloyd’s of London (the specialist insurance market provider). The group’s financial year-end is 31 December.
The parent company of the Canopius group, Canopius Group Limited, is domiciled in Jersey. The Canopius group operates in the UK, Bermuda, USA, Singapore and Australia.
In the UK, Canopius Managing Agents Limited (“CMA”) is a managing agent at Lloyd’s of London and is the main trading entity for the group. Both CMA and Lloyd’s of London are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. During 2022 CMA managed Lloyd’s Syndicates 4444, 1861 and 44. Other significant operating entities registered in the UK in the Canopius group include Canopius Services Limited, a service company, Canopius Corporate Capital Ltd and Flectat 2 Limited, both Lloyd’s corporate members providing capital to support the underwriting of Lloyd’s Syndicates 4444 and 1861.
As a group with companies regulated in the UK and elsewhere, we always work to the highest professional standards and comply with all laws and regulations applicable to our business. We expect the same high standards from those parties with whom we engage and we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains.
We work to embed a robust risk management framework throughout our operations to ensure we effectively analyse and manage the risks to our business. Whilst we believe that there is a low risk of slavery and human trafficking being directly connected with our business, our risk management processes include analysing the risk of inadvertently working with suppliers who do not share our commitment to anti-slavery and human trafficking.
Canopius has a suite of group policies which cover a number of areas, including:
- Corporate governance and responsibility;
- Internal audit;
- Policies which set out requirements for contracting with third parties; and
These set out our expectations of the standards that our business should adhere to and the checks we undertake to ensure compliance with such standards.
Supplier Due Diligence
Our suppliers provide a wide range of products and services that are required to maintain and support our business operations. As a specialist provider of insurance and reinsurance, our principal supply chains are not ones that would normally be associated with slavery or human trafficking. Our suppliers are partners in our business success and they are expected to comply with all local laws and regulations. We are firmly committed to ensuring that slavery or human trafficking does not exist within any part of our business or supply chain, and we continually work to improve our efforts to demonstrate this.
In 2021 we enhanced our supplier due diligence with additional questions related to modern slavery that we require new vendors to complete in line with good practice. We have also established a dedicated Procurement function and implemented robust and pragmatic governance processes to support our outsourcing and supply chain arrangements.
Canopius takes a risk-based approach to due diligence, control monitoring and has a system of classifying all new, existing, and non-material third party arrangements based on risk/criticality and materiality. To further support this, our automated due diligence process includes questions aligned to the UN Global Compact Strategy and allows us to produce meaningful Management Information on all our suppliers. This helps to ensure that compliance with modern slavery legislation can be evidenced throughout the supply chain.
The company’s Whistleblowing Policy is published on the company’s intranet and accessible to all employees. We encourage workers and external parties to report their concerns about any malpractice. Any reportable concerns can be made directly to the Canopius Whistleblowers’ contact here.
Training is provided to all new joiners, which includes training on our Financial Crime and Whistleblowing policies. This training is then provided biennially to all staff. Conduct Rules training is also provided to meet the requirements of the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime.
After the successful marking of Anti-Slavery Day in 2021, Canopius again recognised Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October 2022. Canopius used this day to raise awareness of the risks of modern slavery utilising the company intranet and by displaying messages on visual screens located throughout our offices.
This Modern Slavery Statement 2022 has been approved by a resolution of the Board of Directors of Canopius Managing Agents Limited for itself and as representative of other UK operating entities within the Canopius Group. The statement was approved on 1 September 2023.
Group Chief Operating Officer
1 September 2023