Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for AQA Education financial year ending 31 March 2019.

2019 Annual Disclosure

AQA Education is 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 encourage 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.

AQA Education 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 Board of Trustees. We are the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. For the sourcing of products by AQA, there are relationships with external businesses as well as suppliers of services which make up the supply chains within AQA Education.

Policies on modern slavery

AQA’s 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 modern slavery.

AQA will not qualify, engage, support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

Structure and supply chains

AQA Education procures goods and services from a range of suppliers, 97% of which are based in the United Kingdom. The supply chain categories of goods and services purchased are illustrated in the table below.

Supply chain categories

All supply chain categories are managed through our Supplier and Contract Management system. The system allows AQA to pre- qualify all suppliers as part of an on-boarding process, issue tenders to approved suppliers and award contracts. All contracts require suppliers and their subcontractors to abide by all applicable laws, statutes and regulations, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Due diligence processes

AQA’s on-boarding approval process vets suppliers against a range of minimum requirements including pre-qualification controls in regard to modern slavery and human trafficking.

Key strategic and critical suppliers are monitored on a continuous basis for commercial, financial and supply chain risk, including compliance with legal, regulatory and policy requirements such as Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Risk assessment

As AQA’s supply chain consists largely of high value-added goods and services, the risk at a company level is deemed to be low. However, suppliers are assessed on an individual basis for the likelihood of them or their supply chain being at risk of non-compliance with our Modern Slavery policy. Contracts with these suppliers are negotiated to ensure that we have a governance framework in place to monitor supplier contract performance and compliance with AQA’s Policies and Standards .

Our on-going Supplier Performance process is directly linked to this risk assessment and managed in our Supplier Management System. The objectives are:

  • to identify and assess potential risk areas for an individual supplier in our supply chains
  • to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains through our on boarding process of new suppliers
  • ensure contract compliance by active performance management of high risk suppliers.

Measuring effectiveness

AQA continuously monitors the performance of our critical suppliers, including those deemed to be at a high risk of exposure to modern slavery and human trafficking.

AQA is committed to continuous improvement by capturing data to measure the effectiveness of our processes and report on the risk of slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain. This means that AQA will include a modern slavery evaluation of high risk suppliers in our annual performance reviews.

Training for staff

AQA is committed to ensuring a high level of understanding across the organisation of the risk of modern slavery, providing awareness training on the risks within our business and supply chain. The training will be delivered through internal Intranet media to all of our staff to promote awareness.

We are currently looking to increase awareness of modern slavery by including training as part of our induction process to new employees and awareness training of current staff.

Approval

This statement covers from the 31 March 2018 to the 31 March 2019 as been approved by the AQA Executive Team in July 2019

The Director of Finance and Corporate Services is responsible for implementing this policy statement and its objectives and shall provide adequate resources.

Signed:

Nick Stevens
Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Date: 10 July 2019