Headquartered in Paris, Thales is a global technology leader in Aerospace, Defence and Security, Digital Identity and Security, Space and Transport generating revenues of €17.6 billion for the year ending 31st December 2022, with more than 77,000 employees on five continents and 20,000 suppliers worldwide.
Thales’ customers are large organisations, such as government agencies, administrations, institutions, cities and businesses who all provide or operate systems, services and infrastructure that are vital to society in the areas of defence, security, air and rail transport, banking and telecommunications.
Our UK operations support all of Thales’ key business sectors, including aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space. We operate in 16 sites across all nations of the United Kingdom, with circa 7,000 employees, including highly skilled engineers, specialist functions and a range of support staff.
Thales UK procures goods and services from a wide variety of suppliers in the UK and overseas via a supply chain which, like many other organisations, is complex and multi-tiered. Thales UK also acquires significant volumes of goods and services from other parts of Thales Group, predominantly in Europe. The diversity of those goods and services is a result of the multiple businesses within Thales UK and the global markets in which they operate.
In 2022, Thales UK placed orders in the region of £760 million, with circa 1,400 tier-1 suppliers, 70% of which are based in UK.
Thales UK’s Country Procurement Director is responsible for ensuring our compliance to the Modern Slavery Policy in Thales’ supply chain and the UK Chief Operating Officer for our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act. The Country Procurement Director reports directly to the UK Chief Operating Officer, who, in turn, reports to the Thales UK Chief Executive Officer.
Thales does not tolerate modern slavery. We set a high bar for ourselves and our suppliers, deploying common procurement policies and practices across all Thales UK businesses through a single operating model, which enables standard approaches to be taken across core subjects including modern slavery.