Modern Slavery statement

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Edinburgh Napier University has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

We are committed to acquiring goods and services for our use without causing harm to others and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

Edinburgh Napier University is a member of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Ltd, the procurement centre of expertise for Scotland’s universities and colleges. The University benefits from its close links with APUC in a number of areas within sustainable procurement.

Our Categories

We contract with our suppliers for works, goods and services in each of the six categories aligned to APUC’s category structure:

• Estates;
• Information Services;
• Laboratory;
• Human Resources;
• Professional Services;
• Libraries.

Sustainable Procurement

A significant proportion of our procurement is with suppliers who are pre-approved either by a purchasing consortium or through public tenders managed by our procurement team. In relation to vetted suppliers, we use collaborative framework agreements put in place by APUC or other sectoral and national procurement consortia. In addition, the embedded procurement team at Edinburgh Napier University is employed directly by APUC, as part of an extended shared service agreement. Through this approach, the University benefits from the flow of sustainable procurement best practice to internal procurement processes.

The University has adopted tools and practices from APUC to address modern slavery and human trafficking. For all open tenders with a contract value above the Scottish Government threshold, the University uses the APUC draft tender document (which includes full sustainable procurement references and a Modern Slavery Act compliance question) and a supply Chain Code of Conduct (whose principles cover Social, Ethical and Environmental Compliance as well as Economic Development).

The University also requires all bidders for regulated tenders to answer these sustainable procurement questions. By signing and submitting to the Code of Conduct, bidders acknowledge their compliance with these principles. In addition, for all open tenders with a contract value above the EU threshold, we require bidders to complete the European Single Procurement Document (Scotland). In completing this, bidders declare that they have not committed any offence under Part 1 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 or under any provision referred to in the Schedule in that Act.

As Edinburgh Napier University uses many national and sectoral framework agreements to let contracts, it is also relevant that APUC have undertaken prioritisation on 137 framework agreements either led or promoted by APUC, to understand the key sustainable procurement risks and opportunities for each agreement, which includes possible labour concerns. The helps APUC to assess which agreements and suppliers should be audited on compliance with its code of conduct.

The University is actively engaged with partner institutions overseas and undertakes rigorous and comprehensive due diligence to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of its activities. The outsourced procurement team have also attended Modern Slavery training, organised by the Higher Education Procurement Academy. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st July 2016. This statement will be reviewed annually.

Professor Andrea Nolan CBE
Principal & Vice Chancellor