April 2017 - March 2018

ESRC - the Economic and Social Research Council - is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. We have over 120 employees and at any one time we support over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

We are supported mainly by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  In line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all its activities and contractual suppliers, whilst working with them to ensure that their supply chains are also free from slavery and human trafficking. 

ESRC is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking. ESRC maintains a Code of Conduct, policies on Corporate responsibility and Whistleblowing as part of a wider suite of policies, all of which are easily accessible by all ESRC staff and are reviewed on a cyclical basis.

Within ESRC, 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 once in our employment.

ESRC's procurement for goods and services is provided by our shared services provider, UK SBS. Our supply chain is limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers. UK SBS has also published a statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking which includes their mechanisms for guarding against modern slavery in their clients' supply chains. Their statement is published on their website:

Over the next 12 months, ESRC 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.
  • Ensure that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added to ESRC's policy review process.
  • Include the Modern Slavery Act 2015 into our Whistleblowing Policy.

This statement has been approved by the Interim Chief Executive and Directors at ESRC.

Professor Tony McEnery
ESRC Interim Chief Executive Officer