Uniac - July 2022

5 • it must be an accurate description of the steps that have been taken to identify modern slavery in the organisation and its supply chain (the statement should refer to work carried out in the previous year as well as clear action for the coming years to identify and mitigate risk) • the statement must be published on the organisation’s website (the statement should be visible in a prominent place on the organisation’s website - for example, the home page or obvious drop-down menu) • the statement must be approved by the governing body (the statement should be approved at the highest level of governance, including date of approval); and • the statement must be signed off by the Vice-Chancellor or equivalent (the statement should be signed off by someone at the most senior level). The Home Office’s statutory guidance recommends that annual statements include descriptions of: • the organisation’s structure, its business and its supply chains (provide relevant information that creates a picture of the structure of the organisation’s business and its supply chains) • organisational policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking (provide a link between an organisation’s existing policies and modern slavery) • due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains (due diligence processes, risk assessment and management; identify high risk suppliers in supply chains to help prioritise actions. Engaging with suppliers and being clear about the organisation’s expectations from them) • the parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk (identify and recognise what specific risks exists in their supply chains and explain the steps taken to prioritise and address higher risks) • its effectiveness in ensuring slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate (ensure the organisation has goals and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of the organisation’s actions and track short, medium and long term progress, reviewed at least annually); and Home Office guidance