Modern slavery and human trafficking statement 2018-19

一本道最新高清无码Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

We are committed to ensuring our practices do not support organisations or individuals who engage in slavery and human trafficking.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st July 2019.

Organisational structure

We are a leading UK university in the higher education sector, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement. The University has over 18,000 students and over 3,800 staff. In 2018-19, we had total income of £311.8 million and total expenditure of £356.2 million.

Loughborough's Chancellor is the formal principal officer. The Chancellor is also an ex-officio member of the University Council and confers degrees on Loughborough’s graduates. The day-to-day running of the University is the responsibility of the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Robert Allison, who is the academic and executive head.

The Vice Chancellor works closely with the Academic Leadership Team which includes: the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, three Pro Vice Chancellors, the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Finance and ten School Deans. He also works closely with other senior officers.

The University Council is the governing body, responsible for the University's strategy and overall governance. It is the official employer of all staff and meets four times a year. Its Chair is the Senior Pro Chancellor, Sir Peter Bonfield.

一本道最新高清无码The University Senate is responsible for the academic work of the University, academic awards, teaching and research quality. Its membership is drawn from the academic staff of the University.

The University has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centres, and over 35 professional services teams.

Our supply chains

We categorise our procurement spend as follows:
(% split based on 2018-19 spend profile, where total procurement spend was £100m)

University areaIndicative percentage split
Estates/Construction59.5%
Professional Services10.1%
IT & Telecommunications8.5%
Travel & Accommodation5.1%
Catering4.3%
Domestic/Cleaning3.5%
Furniture3.3%
Laboratory & Medical2.4%
Office Supplies1.2%
Audio Visual1.1%
Postal Services0.7%
Library0.4%

We have undertaken a high-level risk assessment of our contracts, identifying where supply chains extend into sectors and territories that are high risk in terms of the potential presence of modern slavery. The high risk sub-categories identified are estates-construction, IT-hardware, catering supplies and services, laboratory supplies and personal protective equipment/workwear/sports kit/promotional leisurewear.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

Our University Strategy, workplace policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our HR policies and procedures reflect UK employment law.

The University’s Procurement Regulations require compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

The University’s Sustainable Procurement Guidance Note explicitly references the Modern Slavery Act 2015, with slavery and human trafficking included within the pre-procurement risk assessment tool. It also prompts consideration of the appropriateness of using labour standards (including ILO core conventions) as selection criteria.

一本道最新高清无码As a member of Electronics Watch the University is able to build EW labour standards clauses into its contracts for IT hardware and receive compliance reports from EW monitoring organisations on factories which manufacture products ultimately supplied to the University.

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

The University has purchased , which means our suppliers can access the tool free of charge to create a Sustainability Action Plan for their business. Where relevant, the tool identifies actions for the supplier to take in order to mitigate the risk of modern slavery within its supply chains. The tool allows the University to run reports to see individual supplier’s/all registered suppliers’ progress against the identified actions within their plan(s). The University’s template contract award letter encourages suppliers to use the tool, where its use is not to be made contractual due to the significance of slavery (/sustainability factors) given the nature of the contract.

Furthermore, our contract summary template, which is completed by the Procurement Team/category managers once a contract is awarded, focusing contract managers on the key contract deliverables, performance measures and risks etc., includes a modern slavery risk rating. The contract summary template, as well as our contract review meeting agenda template, also note the availability of NetPositive action plan progress reports, including the supplier’s progress in taking forward any modern slavery mitigation actions.

一本道最新高清无码The University continues to engage with other universities and higher education purchasing consortia, not least the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) of which the University is a member, to agree how best our combined resource may be used to identify and review/monitor risks of modern slavery in our supply chains.

一本道最新高清无码During 2019-20, a research associate from Loughborough University reviewed our sustainable procurement policies, procedures and due diligence processes, covering modern slavery, rating them as “very good”. Also, the Director of Procurement contributed to research into UK organisations’ response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, conducted by a PhD student from the University of Bath, where the strengths of our approach were noted.

Supplier adherence to our values

一本道最新高清无码We have zero tolerance to modern slavery. As well as taking mitigating measures through the procurement/contract management process (including adding appropriate pre-qualification/tender questions and standard contract clauses), the University expressed this policy, explained the Modern Slavery Act and the related measures we have added to our processes, at local supplier events.

Training

一本道最新高清无码The Procurement Team has received Modern Slavery training from NetPositive Futures, the University of Greenwich and the Ethical Trading Initiative. To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks and indicators of modern slavery in our supply chains, we identify them in our rolling in-house Procurement training, along with the mitigating measures detailed above.

The Procurement Team has made procurers and contract managers across the University aware of the free Modern Slavery online training module produced by the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG).  

Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking

All tendering exercises undertaken by the Procurement team during 2018/19 incorporated the standard modern slavery risk mitigating measures now built into our procurement process/working documents. For high risk contracts awarded during the year, such as for minor works, roadworks and groundworks, furniture, catering supplies, PPE, managed taxi service, and courier services, enhanced checks and provisions were included.

Richard Taylor
Chief Operating Officer
Loughborough University

On behalf of the Council of Loughborough University which approved this statement on 21nd November 2019