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Coventry University’s Transparency Statement on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

(in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015)


This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Coventry University and its subsidiaries (“Coventry University Group”) has taken 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 applied research.  The Coventry University Group comprises 4 academic faculties supported by professional services divisions and 8 established subsidiaries. Located principally in Coventry city centre, with campuses in London and Scarborough, the Coventry University Group has approximately 43,000 students and over 3,400 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

The Coventry University Group is committed to acquiring goods and services for its use without causing harm to others. In doing so, the Coventry University Group is committed to supporting 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 the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). 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
  • Statutory national living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practiced
  • Regular employment is provided
  • 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 and services
  • 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.

The Coventry University Group’s procurements follow one of two pathways: collaborative, through regional HE purchasing consortia, or in-house tendering and contracting. The 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.

What we are going to do in the future

Preliminary work is under way on an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which will reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and the implementation and enforcement of effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains.

This statement has been approved by the Board of Governors on 26 January 2017 and will be reviewed at least once annually. If you have any questions, please contact