Modern slavery statement

Trinity College London is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain. We also expect the same high standards from our contractors, suppliers and other business partners and would not work with any organisation that we suspected of involvement in modern slavery.

Structure of the organisation

Trinity College London is an international exam board providing qualifications in the English language and the performing and creative arts in approximately 70 countries worldwide. It is a registered charity in the England and Wales (no. 104792) and in Scotland (no. SC 049143). In the relevant financial year, we had 279 employees and an annual turnover of £57.91m.

In order to deliver our exams and assessments, we work with a network of service providers around the world, including national and area representatives, and registered exam centres (schools, private colleges, universities and other educational bodies). Other key service providers are our recruitment agencies, printers and distributors, data processors, travel agents, research partners and professional advisers. We also enter into commercial agreements and collaboration projects with strategic partners.


We are committed to making all our staff and contractors aware of our view on slavery and human trafficking. We have in force the following policies and procedures:

  • Modern Slavery Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Policy and Procedure on Reporting Malpractice
  • Recruitment Procedure
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy & Procedures

Our policies and procedures are designed to:

  • establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
  • monitor potential risk areas
  • reduce the risk of occurrence
  • provide adequate protection for whistleblowers

We also make sure our suppliers are aware of our policies and procedures and adhere to the same high standards as our own staff.

Due diligence

As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have written to a representative sample of our suppliers for the trading year 2019 asking them to complete a declaration of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This exercise was completed in January 2020 and all suppliers written to have confirmed compliance. We have also spot checked modern slavery statements of other suppliers to ascertain what steps they are taking to combat modern slavery.

Risk and compliance

We do not consider that we operate in a high-risk sector. Nevertheless, we review our supply chain and preferred supplier list as part of our regular inspection cycle and will terminate contracts or take remedial action if instances of modern slavery come to light.


We use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how successful we have been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any part of our business or supply chain. No reports were received from employees, the public or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices had been identified in our supply chain or through the retention of contractors.

Continuing actions

We will continue to expand the reach of our training for our staff and network of representatives in how to identify modern slavery and human trafficking.

Employees and contractors are required to adhere to the Trinity Code of Conduct and are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our Modern Slavery Policy.

Approval of this statement

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Trinity College London's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1 April 2019 and ending 31 March 2020. It was approved by the Board of Directors on 6 May 2020.

Mark Damazer, CBE
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Trinity College London

Date: 6 May 2020


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