Coventry University and its subsidiaries ("Coventry University Group") are committed to working with our supply chain to acquire goods and services without causing harm to others. This 2017/2018 statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out an update of the steps that Coventry University Group has taken and is taking to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Our organisation’s structure
Coventry University is a global university whose core business is teaching and research. The Coventry University Group comprises 4 academic faculties supported by professional services divisions and a number of established subsidiaries. Located principally in Coventry city centre, with campuses in London and Scarborough, the Coventry University Group has approximately 45,000 students and over 5,000 staff. The Group is supported by a centralised procurement and contracting function with transactional purchasing devolved to individual departments.
Our policy on modern slavery and human trafficking
In support of Coventry University Group’s commitment to acquiring goods and services for its use without causing harm to others we support the UK Government’s approach to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In implementing this approach the Coventry University Group supports key principles of internationally recognised codes of labour practice, which include requirements 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
- Working hours are not excessive
- No unlawful discrimination is practiced
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Our supply chains
The Coventry University Group’s supply chains are managed under the following categories:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine
- ICT equipment services
- ICT major projects
- Estates - Capital Expenditure
- Estates - Facilities Management
- Professional Services
- Travel and Insurance
- Print and Promotional Items
We recognise that particular types of suppliers may give rise to a higher risk of forced or bonded labour taking place, for example, those utilising lower-wage staff such as cleaning, catering and security services and those utilising manufacturers in lower-wage countries such as office supplies, printed material, laboratory consumables, ICT and AV equipment. We are taking these risks into account in the development of an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
What we are doing now
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
We have invited our suppliers to engage with modern slavery concepts through an on-line tool which supports their understanding of a range of environmental, social and economic issues. The tool enables us to track progress and provide support to our supply base.
Coventry University Group procurements follow one of two pathways: collaborative, through regional HE purchasing consortia, or in-house tendering and contracting. Coventry University Group actively engages with its purchasing consortia to support the inclusion of ethical sustainability, including addressing modern slavery and human trafficking, in their procurement programs.
Social and environmental issues are considered in the lifecycle of every major procurement process.
What we are going to do in the future
Work continues on our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which will reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
Our 2018/2019 action points are:
- to review and update our standard contract terms and conditions.
- to ensure all Procurement staff have undertaken appropriate training, and to begin the roll out of training to all internal purchasers.
- to produce individual category strategies that mitigate against the risk of any human trafficking and slavery issues within the supply chain.
- to contact all suppliers who have provided goods and services to the Coventry University Group in excess of £25,000 within the last 12 months in order to:
- consider their policies and procedures in relation to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking; and
- ensure that processes are in place to identify any issues, develop action plans and report annually on actions taken; and
- offer guidance and/or support to any supplier(s) that might not have a modern slavery/human trafficking policy and/or procedures in place.
Coventry University reserves the right to put on stop any supplier that fails to provide evidence that it is taking necessary measures to ensure the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking.