Modern slavery

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour, and human trafficking. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited.

Modern slavery is prevalent across the world, including the UK, and is a fundamental issue that must be taken seriously by commercial organisations that can use their collective power to positively influence the behaviour of their supply chains and to help tackle modern slavery issues in business and society.

Policy statement

This policy applies to all people working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, consultants, agency workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, and suppliers.

Pioneer Academic Consultancy (UK) Ltd prohibits the use of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. We have and will continue to be committed to implementing systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organisation or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers will hold their suppliers to the same high standards.


We shall be a company that expects everyone collaborating with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following measures to safeguard against modern slavery:

  • We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in our organisation and our supply chains.
  • The prevention, detection, and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our organisation or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or on our behalf. Workers must not engage in, facilitate or fail to report any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
  • We are committed to engaging with our stakeholders and suppliers to address the risk of modern slavery in our operations and supply chain.
  • We take a risk-based approach to our contracting processes and keep them under review. We assess whether the circumstances warrant the inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked labour in our contracts with third parties. Using our risked based approach, we will also assess the merits of writing to suppliers requiring them to comply with our Code of Conduct, which sets out the minimum standards required to combat modern slavery and trafficking.
  • Consistent with our risk-based approach, we may require employment and recruitment agencies and other third parties supplying workers to our organisation to confirm their compliance with our code of conduct.
  • As part of our ongoing risk assessment and due diligence processes, we will consider whether circumstances warrant us conducting audits of suppliers for their compliance with our code of conduct.
  • If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf have breached this policy, we will ensure that we take appropriate action. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remediated and whether that might represent the best outcome for those individuals impacted by the breach to terminating such relationships.