Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Modern slavery and human trafficking are serious and often hidden crimes which can be devastating for the victims. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all its activities within UKRI and its supply chain.

Our procurement for goods and services is provided by our shared services provider, UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS). Our supply chain is limited, we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers. UK SBS have also published their statement on modern slavery and human trafficking which includes their mechanisms for guarding against modern slavery in their client’s supply chains.

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, every year we publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement, which outlines our activities to align with the act and prevent slavery and trafficking within the organisation.

Read our modern slavery and human trafficking statements

Reporting modern slavery and human trafficking

Modern slavery includes labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and criminal exploitation.

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.

To report any concerns and suspicions of modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of UKRI’s business or supply chains email the UKRI internal controls team.


If you suspect a modern slavery or human trafficking situation outside UKRI, you can report it online to the modern slavery helpline.

Last updated: 23 May 2024

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