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Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is provided on behalf of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and is made in pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’). It is NatCen’s first annual statement covering the financial year ended 30th June 2021. NatCen aims to adopt an approach of continuous improvement in relation to actions to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in line with the Act.

Organisation structure and supply chains

NatCen is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. NatCen’s principal activity is the delivery of a large number of research projects in all areas of social policy. Projects are delivered mostly within the United Kingdom with a few projects recently extended internationally.

The services provided within NatCen’s supply chain include direct research expertise or indirect operational support. The large majority of NatCen’s suppliers are long-term and UK-based with the exception of software providers, IT services and academic expertise based in Europe.

Policies and training in relation to slavery and human trafficking

NatCen recognises that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace and has an equal opportunities and dignity at work policy. NatCen also has a whistle-blowing policy applicable to all employed staff, interviewers and agency staff to encourage all to report any concerns or wrongdoing by the organisation or individuals within the organisation.

We aim to develop and introduce an anti-slavery policy and training sessions within this new financial year applicable to all staff working for us and also applicable to suppliers working on our behalf to ensure awareness of our collective obligations and responsibilities in complying with the Act.

Due diligence processes

All new suppliers are subject to a due diligence review as per NatCen’s contract management procedures to determine if they can be approved and as part of this review and contracts going forward, all suppliers shall be required to confirm their compliance with the Act.

Risk assessment and management

NatCen employees and workers are paid at least the Living Wage and are not considered to be vulnerable to modern slavery. NatCen considers the risk of modern slavery to be low within their supply chain due to the nature of the services engaged.

Key performance indicators to measure effectiveness of steps being taken

NatCen consider due diligence reviews for new suppliers as a key performance indicator to measure effectiveness in ensuring that any risks in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking are identified, monitored and mitigated within its supply chains. NatCen is committed to a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance and will uphold the Act and all laws relevant to countering slavery and human trafficking.

This statement was approved by our Board of Trustees on 3rd November 2021.