The following statement is made by the University of York in acknowledgement of section 54(1) part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that the University has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our core activities.
Our Organisational Structure
A member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, we are committed to high quality research across a wide range of disciplines. We have over 30 academic departments, research centres, and a student body of around 17,000.
Our Policies and Actions to Prevent Slavery and Human Trafficking
The University of York has a Code of Practice and Principles for Good Ethical Governance which it follows when undertaking any academic activities. The code gives particular consideration to activities conducted overseas or in collaboration with overseas partners, in countries/under regimes with poor human rights record or identified as dangerous by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
It is a condition of employment with the University, irrespective of the type and duration of the contract, that successful candidates are able to prove they are legally entitled to work in the UK. All potential employees are asked to bring original documents, demonstrating their right to work in advance of their start date. Right to work documents are checked for all employees prior to them undertaking any work for the University.
In terms of our supply chain, we are working in collaboration with Netpositive Futures, and have continued to embed an online supplier engagement tool which increases awareness of sustainability issues and allows us to:
In addition, the University is now registered in its own right with the Netpositive supplier engagement tool as a provider of services to other organisations.
We recognise that the main risk of slavery and human trafficking is in the supply chain areas of estates, ICT, laboratory goods and professional services.
The University’s catering outlets provide Fairtrade/ Rain Forest Alliance certification tea and coffee as standard offerings and the University is extending their availability across campus.
Developments In 2016/17:
Our Future Actions
We will continue to implement and develop the following action plan to address the risks slavery and human trafficking represent in our supply chains and core operations:
This statement will be reviewed annually to monitor progress in minimising the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in any part of the University’s supply chains or core operations. Any queries regarding this statement should be addressed to email@example.com.
Professor Koen Lamberts