Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labor and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, based on our values and our commitment to shaping the health and sustainability of our communities and creating solutions to global challenges. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our terms and conditions of business, we require compliance with this policy and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which contains specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labor, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, (whether adults or children), and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment, and we may amend it at any time.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including (but not exclusively): employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives, business partners and academic partners, wherever they may be located. The policy also applies to students when they are acting on behalf of the University, either in a paid or a voluntary role.
Top management has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are provided with adequate and regular communications on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
This policy will be subject to annual reviews.
All employees, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives, business partners and academic partners (“You”) must ensure that you read, understand, and comply with this policy.
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to a breach of this policy.