Modern Slavery is an international crime affecting millions of people across the globe. It is an unacceptable practice involving people regardless of age, gender or ethnicity in developed (including the UK) as well as developing countries. Within Britain victims include people trafficked from overseas, or vulnerable people from the UK, who are forced to work illegally or against their will. Evidence suggests that this is more prevalent in some sectors than others but can occur anywhere.
The University is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its activities. As part of this commitment we have adopted an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy and issue a Modern Slavery Statement annually in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The University's Modern Slavery Statement is included in its Annual Financial Statement.
The latest statement has been extracted and can be accessed here.
The University's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy is available from the digest of policies and procedures.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and staff have a duty and a responsibility to support this approach.
The UK Government has produced a briefing note on Modern Slavery, including details of how to spot the signs.
Anti-Slavery International has produced an infographic highlighting the scale and products of forced labour, including forced child labour. An estimated 168 million children are in labour today with around 21 million people in forced labour conditions.