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Statement regarding modern day slavery

14 January 2021

In response to the recent media article regarding modern slavery, Biffa, comments:

Biffa takes a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind. As a founding member of the Slave Free Alliance we work closely with Hope for Justice, the international anti-human trafficking charity, promoting awareness of this important global issue across our business, supply chains and wider industry.

We cooperated fully with West Midlands Police at the time of this investigation in 2016. We regularly review our practices and protocols to ensure we continually follow best practice on this important issue and our proactive stance and commitment to safeguarding our organisation and supply chain from Modern Slavery has been publicly recognised by the Slave Free Alliance.

We can confirm that Leigh Day have asked us to agree more time for them to prepare their case and we have agreed to this. However, all allegations against Biffa are denied and will be defended in any court proceedings.

Commenting on Biffa’s approach, Gary Booth of the Slave-Free Alliance said: “Biffa have made significant strides year on year and have adopted a proactive stance to mitigate risks. They have responded to emerging risks and worked collaboratively with suppliers and have been open and transparent with regards to sharing best practice across business sectors. There is strong commitment and engagement from key stakeholders in the business and a desire to be a market leader in the modern slavery agenda”.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information, contact:

Houston

biffa@houston.co.uk / +44 (0)203 701 7660

About Biffa

Biffa, is the UK's leading sustainable waste management business. We have over 8,000 employees working across more than 200 sites to change the way people think about waste. We operate across the waste management value chain, including the collection, treatment, processing and disposal of waste, as well as the production and sale of recovered commodities such as energy, paper, glass, metals and plastic. We are first choice for customers, with our national customer base including local authorities, large corporates and SMEs, and purchasers of end-product commodities and energy. In FY20 we structured into two divisions: Collections and Resources & Energy. In FY20, the Group's total revenue was £1,102.8m and its Underlying EBITDA was £174.0m. Biffa has been listed on the London tock Exchange since October 2016 under the ticker "BIFF". In March 2020, Biffa entered the FTSE-250.