Statement on Compliance with Modern Slavery Act 2015
The University of the Highlands and Islands is committed to carrying out procurement of goods and services in an environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible manner and to entering into agreements and contracts with suppliers that share and adhere to this commitment.
Much of the university’s procurement of goods and services is carried out through APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Ltd of which it is a member.
APUC require all suppliers to sign a supply chain code of conduct to acknowledge their compliance with the code in respect of their organisation and their supply chain. The code of conduct includes confirmation that the supplier does not use forced, involuntary or underage labour, provides suitable working conditions and terms and treats employees fairly.
As part of APUC Ltd’s standard template for supplier’s tendering for the award of a contract a pass/fail question: "Does the supplier meet its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act?" requires to be answered. A further (non-mandatory) question allows the tender to be scored on a graded basis as part of the award criteria: "What measures will you take to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in your supply chains?"
During 2016/17 the university will introduce a supply chain code of conduct for suppliers who are sourced directly by the university and ask all potential suppliers to respond to the pass/fail question above.
Fiona M Larg
Chief Operating Officer and Secretary
1 August 2016