Modern Slavery Statement

2017 Annual Disclosure

AQA Education and its group of companies (AQA) are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains. The company acknowledges responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will ensure transparency within the organisation and with suppliers of goods and services to the organisation. This statement details the measures we have in place in recognising and preventing human trafficking and slavery across the business.

The business is run as an independent company limited by guarantee and it is a registered charity, with all surpluses invested in educational development. Our work is overseen by a Council of Trustees drawn from our stakeholder groups. We are the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. For the sourcing of products affiliated with the business, there are relationships with external businesses; these as well as the suppliers of services make up the supply chains within AQA Education.

Our Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing effective systems and controls to ensure that our supply chains are free from slavery.

As part of the due diligence processes, our supplier on boarding approval process  incorporates a review of the controls connected to slavery and human trafficking undertaken by the supplier. AQA will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

We have developed systems to:

  • identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains
  • mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains
  • monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains
  • protect whistle blowers.

We will consider KPIs which are specific to slavery and human trafficking in addition to whether existing KPIs impact vulnerability to slavery or human trafficking.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery we provide advice and if necessary training to our staff.

The Director of Finance and Corporate Services shall take the responsibility for implementing this policy statement and its objectives and shall provide adequate resources and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the organisation or its supply chains.

This policy statement will be reviewed annually and published.

Approval

This statement has been approved by the CEO Leadership Team and a copy of it has been signed by the group’s Director: Finance and Corporate Services.