Modern Slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced 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 improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
The University of Bath is a provider of educational and research services within the Higher Education sector. The University of Bath operates primarily from its city of Bath campus in the UK and is made up of three Faculties, sixteen Departments, one School and four Institutes collectively sharing the organisational mission to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating our students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence. We currently have c. 20,000 students and c. 3,100 staff. We had an annual turnover in 2021/22 of £362m.
Our Supply Chains
The University’s supply chains are global and complex supporting and reflecting the diverse range of activities carried out through our teaching, research and commercial partnerships. 365平台官网在2021-22年度与第三方供应商的支出可分为以下几类(百分比划分为指示性):
- Estates and Construction 37.2%
- Professional Services 20.8%
- Laboratory & Medical 9.2%
- IT & Telecoms 9.1%
- Utilities 7.9%
- Library 5%
- Janitorial & Security 3.4%
- Travel & Transport 3%
- Catering 1.8%
- Office Supplies & Printing 1%
- Furniture & Furnishings 0.9%
- Sports 0.8%
The University is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. In light of the obligation to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery-free, we operate and regularly review workplace policies and procedures to assess their effectiveness in identifying and tackling modern slavery issues. 365平台官网的工作场所政策和程序表明，365平台官网致力于在所有业务关系中遵守道德和诚信，并实施和执行有效的系统和控制，以确保365平台官网的供应链中不会发生奴隶制和人口贩运.
Some of the University policies that support our approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking include:
Dignity and Respect Policy
This promotes a working and learning environment which will be stimulating and supportive and free of harassment, bullying and victimisation; where individuals are confident, if they bring a complaint in good faith, that the matter will be dealt with according to the agreed procedures without fear of subsequent victimisation or disadvantage. This policy applies to all staff (including casual and voluntary workers), honorary and visiting staff, volunteers and students and third parties (e.g. contractor, client or customer of the University).
Equality and Diversity & Inclusion Policies
This details how the University can be most effective in its impact on equality, diversity and inclusion and the elimination of harassment and discrimination (including our ‘#bethechange’ campaign).
Public Interest Disclosure Policy (Whistleblowing)
The University of Bath is committed to maintaining the highest standards of honesty, openness and accountability and to conducting its business in a responsible way. The policy encourages employees to raise their concerns in a responsible way where there is malpractice (that is, illegal, improper or negligent behaviour) or wrongdoing within an organisation and, where they do so, protects those employees from reprisal.
Health & Safety and Health & Wellbeing Policies
This sets out the expectations on employees, students, and contractors to support the University’s efforts to provide a safe and healthy workplace and to meet their own individual duty of care to others.
Recruitment policy (employment checks)
This ensures our recruitment processes are non-discriminatory and that staff have a right to work in the UK, with checks made before they start work and that all immigration requirements are met as specified by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
We continue to evolve our category management approach to managing expenditure with third party suppliers to the University, which allows us to manage supply chain risk by category and by supplier where necessary. Periodic reviews of our supply chains by category allow the risks associated with modern slavery and human trafficking to be considered, identified and managed. The University’s standard contractual terms and conditions used when procuring goods, 服务和工作包括嵌入现代奴隶制法案要求的条款，并为大学提供权力，在必要时要求365平台官网的供应商提供有关其供应链性质的信息.
The University has developed a Responsible Procurement Code of Practice, which documents our aims related to the environmental, social, economic and ethical impact, which includes modern slavery and human trafficking, when procuring all goods, services and works. This also makes it clear that all suppliers to the University are expected to comply with the principles of Responsible Procurement.
We are committed to using and selling ethically-sourced food in our hospitality outlets and catering services. The University has been awarded the Gold Award for Best Fairtrade University, in recognition of our continued commitment to Fairtrade products, promotions and events, as well as our efforts over Fairtrade Fortnight. Fairtrade standards explicitly prohibit the use of forced labour and child labour. Independent auditors are used to look for evidence of abuse or discriminatory labour practices by employers, which are often indicators of modern slavery.
We follow the Public Contract Regulations (PCRs) when procuring goods, services and works. 当合同的估计价值超过pcr的价值阈值时，365平台官网要求所有适用的投标供应商确认他们是否遵守《365官网》.
The Living Wage Foundation has accredited the University as a Living Wage Employer. This commits the University to ensuring that staff salaries keep pace with the cost of living. 作为这一举措的一部分，365平台官网还要求大学的相关供应商在向大学提供服务时也向其员工支付国家生活工资或更高的工资.
The University utilises a range of available framework agreements established by the buying consortium SUPC. 该联盟致力于确保其供应链中不存在现代奴隶制和人口贩运，并要求在高风险行业经营的供应商承诺遵守道德贸易倡议(ETI)的基本准则。. The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice, requiring that employment is freely chosen; freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected; working conditions are safe and hygienic; child labour shall not be used; living wages are paid; working hours are not excessive; no discrimination is practised; regular employment is provided; and no harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.
在电子设备的采购方面，大学也可以通过与SUPC的关系寻求电子手表的专家指导和支持. 《365平台官网》将电子产品生产地区的公共部门买家和民间社会组织与人权和全球供应链方面的专家聚集在一起. 它们指导电子供应链中有关体面工作条件的公共采购需求，并通过工人驱动的监测帮助工人提出投诉并为解决方案作出贡献，为公共买家提供跟踪合同要求的能力.
All professional procurement staff are trained annually in Ethical Procurement by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.
We will seek to offer training on combating modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains to our community of requisitioners.
We will continue to enhance awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking within our programme of safeguarding training.
Approved by Pamela Chesters CBE, Chair of Council, on 24 November 2022
You can see previous versions of the Modern slavery and human trafficking statement on the Internet Archive.
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2016
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2017
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2018
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2019
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2020
- Statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2021