About the University of Surrey

Modern Slavery Statement

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking and are also committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Organisation's structure

We are a university constituted and founded by Royal Charter within the higher education sector. The University has approximately 3,000 employees. Our operations are primarily based within the United Kingdom although we do have staff based overseas. The University is supported by a centralised procurement and contracting team with transactional purchasing devolved to individual departments.

Our supply chains

Our main supply chains are as follows:

  • Laboratory testing consumables and equipment
  • Information technology equipment and services
  • Estates goods and services
  • Business and trading services
  • Professional services

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. A policy is being drafted to reflect our commitment to act with integrity and ethically in all our business relationships and to implement and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains. It is expected that this policy will be approved by the end of January 2017.

The University has a whistleblowing policy in place that is intended to provide protection to any employees at the University who raise concerns regarding our adherence, or that of our suppliers, to the requirements of modern slavery legislation.

What we are doing now

A working group has been set up and is currently reviewing the following:-

  • Identifying and assessing potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Establishing how to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • How to monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains and ensure compliance by our suppliers.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending July 2016.

This statement was approved by the Executive Board of the University of Surrey on 17 November 2016.