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 2017 in support of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.


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

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and ranked in the world’s top 100. Today, it is one of the world’s greatest research-intensive universities with a global reach. The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities. The University has around 7,000 members of staff, and each year welcomes around 27,000 undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from more than 130 countries around the world.

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 £1bn 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 aims are: To be a world-class, world-changing university.

Supply Chain Expenditure

The University has a non-pay expenditure of c£196m 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 organisations 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. 

‌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 50% of priority 1 Suppliers spend, to be assessed through the CIPS Sustainability Indexation (SI) process.

The target achieved was 71% across 86 Suppliers as of 31st December 2017.

The target for FY17/18 is to measure and monitor 100 high risk priority Suppliers achieving a minimum of 80% of priority 1 Suppliers spend, to be assessed through the CIPS Sustainability Indexation (SI) process. 

The University is a member of Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation that assists public sector buyers to meet their responsibility to protect the labour 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 FY17/18.


The University CIPS Corporate Certification is valid until 01/2018 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 members of Electronics Watch. 

CIPS AwardCIPS Sustain AwardLiving WageElectronics Watch

  • Release Date: January 2018
  • Author: Head of Procurement
  • Approver: University Court