Modern Slavery Statement


This statement sets out the National Portrait Gallery’s (NPG) actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business, supply chains, contractors or licensed partnerships.

The National Portrait Gallery recognises that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and we are thoroughly committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all our business activities and to ensuring that our supply chains, contractors and licensed partners are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Who we are

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to encourage through portraiture the appreciation and understanding of the people who have made and are making British history and culture.

The National Portrait Gallery confirms its commitment to better understanding its supply chains and working towards greater transparency and responsibility towards people working on them. In the year ahead, the Gallery will ensure that strategies to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking are incorporated into its purchasing and procurement processes.

The Gallery contracts with a significant number of suppliers and partners in its operations, and is committed to conducting its activities and procuring goods and services in an ethical manner and without causing harm.

The Gallery’s principal high risk spend categories are:

  • Construction services;
  • Building maintenance services;
  • Exhibition design and construction services;
  • Information technology equipment, software and services;
  • Goods for resale in our retail outlets;
  • Laboratory equipment, services and consumables;
  • Library resources;
  • Marketing and publishing services;
  • Professional services;
  • ‘Soft’ facilities management services (cleaning, catering and security services).



The National Portrait Gallery adopts safe recruiting practices which include reference checks and a variety of disclosure and barring checks (role dependant). Recruitment checks also include right to live and work in the United Kingdom, checks on qualifications and checks on identification.


The Gallery and its Trading Company’s standard contracts requires suppliers and other contractors to ensure that modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, and labour rights violations do not occur in their supply chain.


As part of its commitment to ensuring integrity in relation to all aspects of its own working practices, the Gallery has a clear and comprehensive policy offering protection and support to individuals reporting on any malpractice which may be affecting human rights or otherwise unlawful acts within its own organisation.

The Gallery continues to consider how best to conduct its due diligence on key suppliers to ensure that they are observing acceptable ethical standards in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. This includes undertaking enquiries before procuring services from a supplier and, on a case-by-case basis, considering further enquiries to make of prospective suppliers. The Gallery will continue to consider how best to ensure suppliers are compliant with the Act and to give assurances that they enforce acceptable ethical standards both within their own business and within their supply chains.

Work being done:

  • A compulsory Modern Slavery Awareness training package for all staff
  • Suppliers of large value and/or high risk contracts to complete the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool (MSAT).
  • Annually (or as required in accordance with legislation) monitor high value and/or high risk contracts for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

If the Gallery discovers that suppliers (or potential suppliers) are, or have been, involved in modern slavery the Gallery’s policy is to do one or more of the following:

  • report any unlawful behaviour to the relevant authorities;
  • take reasonable steps to encourage the supplier to remedy any unlawful or unethical behaviour;
  • take reasonable steps to require the supplier to provide further assurances that all unlawful or unethical behaviour has ceased and will not recur;
  • where possible, refrain from placing any future business to those suppliers; and
  • where appropriate, terminate such relationships with such suppliers.

The Gallery continues to work to ensure its staff and suppliers are aware of the consequences of modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, and labour rights violations. The Gallery continues to review its requirements for suppliers in respect of ethical standards when engaging with supply chains, and where the Gallery identifies supply chains which represent a medium to high risk of modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, and labour rights violations.

November 2023