Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

We are a truly international organisation, employing staff from more than 24 countries.

Our culture is inclusive and equitable. We were the first institution to hold an Athena Swan Gold award.

In the pursuit of excellence, it is our responsibility to ensure that our research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards. We provide a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.

As a registered charity, John Innes Centre has a responsibility to ensure that the funds it disperses are properly spent, in accordance with the law, funder requirements and in the public interest. We support the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we are committed to carrying out procurement activities in an environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible manner.

Our supply chains fall mainly under five ‘super-categories’, which are:

  • Laboratory Consumables and Equipment
  • Library Resources
  • Professional Services
  • ICT Equipment and Services
  • Estates Goods and Services

A significant amount of our procurement is undertaken through our membership of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium(LUPC), a non-profit professional buying organisation owned by its Members. LUPC is a leader in promoting respect for human rights in public supply chains and is committed to supporting the UK Government’s National Action Plan, to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The principal categories which LUPC deems as carrying material risks are laboratory consumables, ICT equipment and some estates services, such as cleaning and security services. LUPC has focused on these highest risk categories by running pilot due diligence projects in laboratory gloves, cleaning services and security services, and by maintaining its affiliation to monitoring organisation Electronics Watch.

During the financial year ending 31 March 2022 we will:

  • Continue to improve awareness of staff of the Modern Slavery Act and its impact on businesses, supported by an eLearning suite from LUPC which will be available on our Intranet’s purchasing pages
  • Ensure that any new suppliers are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act and where applicable collate this information for reference
  • Continue to monitor existing suppliers to ensure their compliance

This statement has been approved by the Governing Council and signed on its behalf by the Chair, Dr Deborah Keith.