Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

Purpose of the statement

This statement aims to inform the University of Glasgow Court, our staff and the general public about the steps taken during the last financial year, ending 31 July 2018 in support of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Statement

The University is committed to ensuring and actively monitoring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any parts of its operation within the University and its Supply Chain.

The University of Glasgow

History

The University is the fourth oldest University in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1451, it has earned an international reputation for research innovation, for connecting with experts in global business, and for inspiring thinkers from the father of economics, Adam Smith, to the eminent scientist, Lord Kelvin. Building on such vast experience, the University is a member of the elite Russell Group of 24 major research Universities. 

Principal operations 

Study and research are grouped into four Colleges, which are made up of broadly related Schools and Research Institutes. The Colleges are:

  • College of Arts
  • College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Social Sciences

The majority of operations are carried out on the University’s main Gilmorehill campus in the West End of Glasgow. Finding community within diversity, the University attracts students from more than 150 countries, as well as academics from around the globe. In addition, as a venue for international conferences and a hub of cultural interest, the University is also a major contributor to the cultural and commercial life of the country

As an iconic place of learning and research, the University Strategy 2015-2020 includes clear commitment to enhance and extend learning and teaching provision at the University.

To this end, the University is redeveloping and expanding the existing physical teaching estate and investing significantly in online distance learning. In 2016, the University has commenced its Campus Development Programme to invest £530m over the next 10 years.

More generally, we are rated amongst the top universities in the UK for research excellence. World-leading expertise spans a range of areas including Precision Medicine & Chronic Diseases, Addressing Inequalities, The Nano & Quantum World, One Health, Cultural and Creative Economies and Future Life.

The University’s mission is to bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students alike to discover and share knowledge that can change the world. 

The University’s strategic aim is to be a world-class, world-changing university.

Supply Chain Expenditure

The University has a non-pay expenditure of c£200m across Goods, Services and Works. Within the University Supply Chain, category spend in key industries such as, Construction, Travel, Catering, Furniture, IT/Computer Supplies and Utilities, has been identified as high risk in relation to Modern Slavery. 

Responsibility of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The University’s Sustainability Strategy is supported by the Sustainability Working Group. The University is committed to addressing its impact on people and communities. Compliance to The Modern Slavery act 2015 is part of the University’s Sustainability Strategy. The University is responsible for actively monitoring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any parts of its operation within the University and its Supply Chain.

Procurement Governance Supporting the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The University Procurement Office has implemented the Advanced Procurement of University and Colleges (APUC) Supply Chain Code of Conduct. This focuses on the organisation and its suppliers’ responsibilities in social, ethical, economic and environmental areas across the Supply Chain. The University Procurement Strategy is committed to delivering our Sustainability Objectives, which include identifying modern slavery risks within our Supply Chain. Procurement has used the sustainability risk prioritisation tool (Marrakech) which assigns a score for each risk attached to a category of spend. The high-risk categories are then investigated using the DEFRA analysis tool.

Thereafter Suppliers identified within these categories are measured and monitored through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Sustainability Index.

CIPS measure

The Social pillar captures the modern slavery act question “Have you published an appropriate statement to comply with the provision within the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 that requires qualifying businesses to produce a statement setting out the steps they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in your own business and in your supply chain(s)?” 

Procurement Outcomes

Spend mapping identifies priority 1 Contracts under each high priority sustainability category. Procurement set a target of minimum 80% of priority 1 Suppliers spend, to be assessed through the CIPS Sustainability Indexation (SI) process.

The target achieved was 83% across 94 Suppliers as of 31 December 2018.

Total High Priority Sustainability Spend
Category FY17-18 Total
£119,025,414
Priority 1,2,3
£110,120,445
Priority 1
£95,654,739
CIPS SI rated
£79,575,170
% spend SI Rated
83%
Total No. of Supplier's
94
1. Catering Catering
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
Catering
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Catering
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
Catering
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£2,571,163 £2,571,163 £1,867,200 £955,491 51% 6
2. Furniture Furniture
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
Furniture
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Furniture
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
Furniture
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£1,924,048 £1,924,048 £1,654,573 £1,616,704 98% 7
3. Utilities Utilities
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
Utilities
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Utilities
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
Utilities
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£9,291,027 £9,291,027 £9,291,027 £6,510,157 70% 1
4. IT IT Computer Supplies
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
IT
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
IT
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
IT
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£7,908,521 £7,908,521 £7,889,541 £7,529,377 95% 17
5. Labs Lab Supplies
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
Lab
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Lab
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
Lab
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£13,199,868 £13,199,868 £13,199,868 £5,476,286 41% 13
6. Travel Travel
FY17-18 Spend -
Total
Travel
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Travel
FY17-178Spend -
Priority 1
Travel
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£7,077,220 £7,077,220 £7,077,220 £6,596,533 93% 2
7. Construction Estates/Construction
FY17-18 Spend -Total
Estates
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1,2,3
Estates
FY17-18 Spend -
Priority 1
Estates
FY17-18 Spend - CIPS
SI rated
Sustainability
Mapping -
Priority 1
No. of Suppliers
£77,053,568 £68,148,599 £54,675,309 £50,890,622 93% 42
Total Number of Supplier's identified as priority 1 = 88

The target for FY18-19 is to measure and monitor 100 high-risk priority Suppliers achieving a minimum of 85% of priority 1 Suppliers spend, to be assessed through the CIPS Sustainability Indexation (SI) process.

The University is a member of Electronics WatchElectronic Watch is an independent monitoring organisation that assists public sector buyers to meet their responsibility to protect the employment rights of workers in their global electronics supply chains more effectively and less expensively than any single public sector buyer could accomplish on its own.

Training and Awareness

Sustainable Procurement training has been completed by all members of the Procurement team. Further training is planned throughout FY18-19.

Awards

The University CIPS Corporate Certification is currently under revalidation and the CIPS Sustainable Review Gold Award is valid until 03/2019. The University intends to maintain or enhance its CIPS certification and awards. The University is a Living Wage Employer. The University is a member of Electronics Watch.

CIPS Corporate Certification logo, CIPS Sustainable Procurement Review logo, Living Wage logo, Electronics Watch logo

  • Release Date: February 2019
  • Author: Head of Procurement
  • Approver: Revised version subject to formal approval by University Court on 10 April 2019