Babraham Institute Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses to state the actions they have taken during the financial year to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their operations and supply chains. This statement refers to the financial year ended 31 March 2021.

Our Organisation
The Babraham Institute is a world-class research institution, situated at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus, near Cambridge. Our mission is to be an international leader in research focusing on basic cell and molecular biology with an emphasis on healthy ageing through the human lifecycle.

The Institute's research is supported by strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council who fund our three core areas of research: epigenetics, lymphocyte signalling and signalling. The Institute receives additional funding from other bodies including the Medical Research Council, Wellcome and the European Commission. Funding is also obtained through research collaborations with industry and medical charities.

The Babraham Institute is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking, maintaining a Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy as part of a wider suite of policies, all of which are easily accessible by all Babraham Institute staff and are regularly reviewed.

Our People
Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion as an Institute employee.

Our Supply Chain
The Babraham Institute’s procurement for goods and services is provided by a wide range of suppliers. The contractual terms and conditions that the institute puts in place with third parties are regularly reviewed and have been updated to include provisions designed to ensure that any risks of modern slavery in the institute’s supply chain are appropriately and effectively addressed. This has been done by including express terms requiring suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to include similar provision in their own contracts; notifying the Institute if they become aware of any slavery or human trafficking within their own supply chain.

Due Diligence
The Institute is committed to ensuring that any third parties we engage with adhere to the highest standard of ethics and our continual review of both existing suppliers and new suppliers now has an increased focus on modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Institute recognises the importance of maintaining constant vigilance to identify and address any impacts associated with slavery and human trafficking throughout its supply chain and the Institute will continue to work on increasing our ability to identify, prevent and mitigate any impacts from this field, by making staff and suppliers aware of the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act 2015.

This statement has been approved by the Babraham Institute


30 September 2021