Modern Slavery Act

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 

Financial Year: 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024 


Modern slavery is a crime and violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced  and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in  order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. 

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced changes in UK law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains. Specifically,  large businesses are required to disclose the steps they have taken to ensure their business and supply chains are free from  modern slavery. 

Cambridge Education Group recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.  This statement sets out the steps we have taken and continue to take to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not  taking place in any of our supply chains or businesses and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 


Cambridge Education Group is a provider of higher education and professional educational and learning services in the  Education sector. Cambridge Education Group currently operates in the UK, USA, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland and has  presences in several other countries and is organised into the brands of CEG Digital, ONCAMPUS, iHeed and Castel Education. 


Cambridge Education Group has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with  integrity in all our business dealings and relationships to implement and enforce appropriate and effective systems and controls  to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in our supply chains. We currently operate the  following policies that ensure employees are aware of what is and is not acceptable practice and to allow them to raise concerns  where appropriate: 

Whistleblowing policy: The organisation encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report  any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances  that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation’s whistleblowing procedure is  designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of repercussion. 

Employee code of conduct: The organisation’s code of conduct makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour  expected of them when representing the organisation. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of  employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain. 

In line with a relaunch of our purchase order management process we also plan to launch a Supplier Code of Conduct, using a  recommended template provided by CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply). Suppliers will be required to confirm  that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect and act ethically and within the law in their use  of labour. 


Cambridge Education Group does not have complicated supply chains with many levels, or suppliers with numerous sub-

contractors, however we do work with a wide range of suppliers and partners, some of which rely on agencies to supply both  temporary and permanent staff.  

By the nature of these businesses, some of our suppliers are potentially at a higher risk than others and as such, we use a detailed category management system to ensure management practices are maintained when tendering for goods and services.  Our master Categories include; Facilities Management, Professional Services, IT, Marketing, Print & Stationery, Estates  Management, Subscriptions, Travel and Utilities. When recruiting staff we only use specified reputable employment agencies to  source labour and seek information from the agency before accepting individuals from them. 


Cambridge Education Group undertakes due diligence prior to appointing new suppliers and regularly reviews its existing  suppliers. Our due diligence exercise includes: 

• A rigorous ‘New Supplier Approval’ process (commenced 2019), which assesses suitability against certain requirements (Insurance, Financial status, Health & Safety, GDPR, Modern Slavery and Bribery & Corruption), with sign-off being  required from Heads of Legal, Purchasing and Health & Safety. Suppliers are required to accept standard terms and  conditions of trading to comply with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws. 

• Following the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) Risk Management process to evaluate levels of risk in  our supply chain. Five risk categories are assessed (Country of Manufacture, Goods or Services Provided, Supplier  Relationship, Forced Labour Risk Information, Company Specific Questions), against the CIPS recommended risk  weighting and a score is applied to each area of assessment. 

• Assigning an annual risk score to each supplier. 

• Invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously  violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship. 


We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We continue to review our supply chain management processes to  ensure all those in our supply chain comply with our values and their legal obligations. This includes seeking confirmation from  existing key suppliers that they have implemented contractual arrangements which prohibit modern slavery and trafficking and seeking confirmation that they have adopted their own anti-slavery and human trafficking policies. A number of our key  commercial supply arrangements already contain specific provisions regarding slavery and human trafficking and any  contractual arrangement which do not, will be updated upon renewal. In January 2019 we introduced a new contract database  which provides new functionality, allowing us to track and capture data regarding supplier modern slavery and trafficking  commitments.  


To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our  business, we provide appropriate training to relevant staff to raise awareness and highlight any areas of concern they may have. Building on this training, we continue to invest in staff development and their understanding of technical issues by partnering  with programme provider iHASCO, who launched a Modern Slavery Training module in 2019. 


We have not identified any instances or indications that either slavery or human trafficking occurs in our supply chain. As such,  we have not considered it necessary to adopt any formal key performance indicated (KPIs) to measure how effective we have  been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any part of our business or supply chains. We will  continue to monitor and review these areas.


Cambridge Education Group makes two further commitments for the period of this statement: 

• We require all staff working in Purchasing, Operations and Human Resources to have completed training on Modern  slavery. This was completed, before the end of this period we will conduct a further review to see which other  departments should be enrolled onto the training and/or implement any new training updates. 

• We have also recently reviewed our supply chain against our enhanced ‘New Supplier Approval’ process and built a  supplier risk register into our contract database to record outcomes as well launching a supplier code of conduct whilst  launching a new procurement policy and process. A full roll out of this new process will be completed early 2024. 

• In 2023, we have also been working towards being certified as an accredited Real Living Wage employer, outlining our commitment to ensuring our employees and anyone working for us through our supply chain is compensated in line  with the real living wage. 

Cambridge Education Group is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities. 

David Johnston  

CEO, Cambridge Education Group 

Date: 1 April 2023