Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. The scale of modern slavery in the UK is significant; modern slavery crimes are being committed across the country and there have been year on year increases in the number of victims identified. And whilst a large number of active organised crime groups are involved in modern slavery it is also committed by individual opportunistic perpetrators.
The University of London Procurement Team is committed to tackling modern slavery within our procurement, contract management and supply chain management operations. We do this through the development of responsible purchasing policies, carrying out due diligence and risk assessments in purchasing and contract management and creating awareness of modern slavery amongst the procurement and contract management community at the University. We also use our strategic planning processes to identify supply chain risks for future procurement activity, possible changes in legislation and supplier improvement through efficient and effective contract management.