The UK Modern Slavery Act came into force in 2016. It requires commercial organisations with an annual turnover of £36 million to publish a statement outlining what actions they are taking to eradicate slavery and human trafficking, in their own operations and in their supply chains.
UWS is committed to ensuring procurement is carried out in a way that is environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible. We are committed to partnering with suppliers who share this commitment.
Much of the University’s procurement is carried out through APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Ltd. APUC requires all suppliers to sign a supply chain code of conduct, affirming their compliance with the code in their organisations and supply chains. The code of conduct includes confirmation that the supplier:
As part of APUC’s standard template, suppliers tendering for the award of a contract must answer the question: "Does the supplier meet its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act?"
A further (non-mandatory) question allows the tender to be scored on a graded basis as part of the award criteria: "What measures will you take to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in your supply chains?"
UWS fully supports and subscribes to the Suppliers’ Charter, an initiative introduced by Procurement Scotland.
This statement relates to the financial year ending July 31 2017. We will review it annually.