Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

2017/18 Financial Year

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Glasgow Clyde College has a zero tolerance approach in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to conducting all business dealings and relationships in an ethical and transparent manner, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and checks to ensure the College is not contributing to modern slavery in any way.

This statement is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, by informing our students, staff and the public about Glasgow Clyde College and its procedures with respect to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in its supply chains.

Our Categories

Glasgow Clyde College’s supply chains mainly fall under six categories, which are:

  • Estates Goods and Services
  • ICT Equipment and Services
  • Professional Services
  • Library Resources
  • Laboratory Consumables and Equipment
  • Human Resources

The principal categories, which carry risks, are office supplies, laboratory consumables, ICT equipment and some estates services, such as cleaning and security services.

Our Procedures on Slavery and Human Trafficking

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. Our procedures reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Glasgow Clyde College have embedded sustainable procurement practice throughout its Procurement Procedures, to which we are committed.

APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Limited is the procurement centre of expertise for all of Scotland universities and colleges. APUC exploit opportunities for collaborative procurement. Collaborative tenders are led or jointly managed by APUC on behalf of institutions by working with other purchasing consortia across the UK where it adds value by doing so. Glasgow Clyde College is a member of APUC and currently utilise APUCs managed contracts that cover some of the categories listed above. APUCs Slavery statement can be found here.

The Glasgow Clyde College Procurement Team currently utilises and is committed to the APUC Supply Chain Code of Code to underpin all tendering activity and supplier adoption.

To assess our suppliers’ compliance with the Code, APUC have developed a web-based assessment tool (SUSTAIN) linked to the contracts database containing contracts/agreements used by the whole sector. The website assesses suppliers at three achievement/compliance levels in social, ethical, economic and environmental areas. The tool enables contract managers to view the status of their suppliers, and for sub tier suppliers to be linked and then assessed.

APUC is a Founder Member of Electronics Watch, an independent monitoring organisation working to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry through socially responsible public purchasing in Europe. APUC’s Head of Development & Sustainability also sits on the board of Electronics Watch.

Our Plans for the Future

Glasgow Clyde College expresses its commitment to better understanding its supply chains and working towards greater transparency and responsibility towards people working in them.

Working with our Suppliers, we can map out those supply chains, which represent a medium to high risk of modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, Glasgow Clyde College commit to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers and report unethical conduct.
  • Where possible, build long-standing relationships with our supply chains to ensure these entities have and follow suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes.

This statement has been approved by the Glasgow Clyde College Board of Management who will review and update it annually.

Jon Vincent