Today, our University will be observing the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. In our day to day lives, ideas of slavery or human trafficking may seem far removed but in reality it is estimated that over 40 million people are living in modern slavery globally. Closer to home, it is estimated that there are tens of thousands of victims in the UK alone. See
Modern slavery commonly takes the form of forced labour (making someone work for little or no pay under threat of punishment), debt bondage (forcing someone to work to “repay” a debt) or human trafficking (transporting an individual to another country to exploit them).
UWS has re-affirmed its commitment to tackling modern slavery in all of its forms by publishing an updated Modern Slavery Statement. This Statement was approved by the University Court on the 20 November and reflects the efforts of departments across the University to reduce risk in this area. You can access the updated Statement here.
We have a responsibility to tackle modern slavery both in our own organisation and also in our supply chains. All staff play a key role in recognising and reporting any issues. Further information is set out in the University’s Procedure for Reporting Concerns.