Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

In line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all its activities and contractual suppliers, whilst working with them to ensure that their supply chains are also free from slavery and human trafficking. 

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is a serious and often hidden crime in which people (including children) are exploited for criminal gain.  Modern slavery includes labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and criminal exploitation.  The impact can be devastating for the victims

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is defined as arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation and includes travel within a country, not just across international borders.

What is the Modern Slavery Act 2015?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom designed to combat modern slavery in the UK.  The Act was designed to give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensures suitably severe punishments and enhances the support available for victims.

The Act requires businesses over a certain size (turnover of £36m or more) to disclose each year what actions (including training) they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains.  This should take the form of an annual statement and needs to be published prominently on the organisations’ website. UKRI’s annual statement will provide information to supplement our Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy, including details of our activities, and the actions we are taking to adhere to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  UKRI’s first formal annual statement will be published at the end of this financial year.

Reporting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Staff must report concerns and suspicions of modern slavery in any part of UKRI’s business or supply chains at the earliest possible stage to the Head of Governance or via the dedicated Modern Slavery Act email.

If staff suspect a modern slavery situation outside UKRI, they should report this to the Modern Slavery Helpline online (https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/report) or call 0800 0121 700

Annual Modern Slavery Statements