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MRC Modern Slavery & Trafficking Statement for April 2016 – March 2017

MRC is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking. As an equal-opportunities employer, the MRC is committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for its staff. The MRC’s Recruitment and Selection policy ensures, as far as possible, that the best people are recruited on merit and that the recruitment process is free from bias and discrimination. This policy also enables the MRC to uphold its commitment to equalities and diversity by outlining a fair and consistent approach for recruitment and selection practices.

MRC maintains the following policies which are accessible to all staff:

  • MRC Code of Conduct - covers MRC Units, Institutes and Centres
    • UK SBS hold the harmonised Code of Conduct policy which covers MRC Head Office
  • MRC Whistleblowing policy
  • MRC Bully and Harassment policy
  • Recruitment and Selection policy

MRC’s procurement for goods and services is provided by our shared services provider, UK SBS. Our supply chain is extensive and we procure goods and services from a wide range of UK and overseas suppliers. UK SBS have also published their statement on Slavery & Human Trafficking which includes their mechanisms for guarding against modern slavery in their client’s supply chains.

Over the next 12 months, MRC will undertake the following activities:

  • Make all staff aware of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and inform them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking.
  • Work with the MRC procurement team to assess parts of the MRC’s business and supply chains, not covered by UK SBS, where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking and what steps MRC should take to manage these risks.
  • Ensure that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added toMRC’s policy review process.
  • Include the Modern Slavery Act 2015 into our Whistleblowing Policy.
  • Ensure MRC and UK SBS procurement strategies include references to modern slavery and human trafficking.

This statement has been approved by the Chief Executive and by MRC's Management board.

Tony Peatfield, Director of Corporate Affairs.