Modern slavery statement

Modern Slavery Statement 2024/25


  1. Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1), Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited is deemed to be a commercial organisation as defined by The Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

  1. Organisation structure

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited is a leading provider of recruitment and enrolment services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited is the parent company of the following subsidiaries; QS Asia Quacquarelli Symonds Pte, QS Quacquarelli Symonds India Pvt Limited, QS France SARL, QS Enrolment Solutions Limited; QS Quacquarelli Symonds (Australia) Pty Limited, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Sdn. Bhd., QS Unisolution Limited, QS Unisolution GmbH, QS Eastern Europe SRL, QS Quacquarelli Symonds (USA) Ltd, QS (Shanghai) Education Technology Co Ltd, QS StudentApply Ltd, StudentApply Limited, StudentApply LATAM Limited, StudentApply EECA Limited, SA Education Partners Ltd, QS Quacquarelli Symonds (Canada) Ltd and 1Mentor Inc.  It also has a joint venture with the ERA foundation called QS-ERA India Private Limited.

  1. Our business is organised into 10 business and functional areas:
  • QS Student Recruitment – delivers recruitment events worldwide to connect potential students with institutions, and runs websites to provide students with information about where to study . We also provide enquiry, admissions and enrolment services and sustainable recruitment strategies on behalf of institutions and provide a platform to enable agents to enrol students across a wide range of institutions.
  • QS Institutional Performance – QS’s research and professional services division, has responsibility for compiling the QS World University Rankings, and provides universities with analysis and insight, along with publications and conferences to support an institutions brand and reputation. We also provide technology solutions to help institutions manage international mobility, partnerships, and student enrolment
  • QS Employability – QS delivers a platform to enable students and institutions to understand the skills they are developing through their studies and to tailor their further studies to meet their career aspirations
  • Technology – is responsible for the IT backbone which supports business delivery and for product development.
  • Finance – encompasses financial planning and accounting, processing, procurement, payroll, and legal & compliance.
  • People – includes HR admin & transactional, recruitment, HR business partnering, and talent & learning
  • Workplace – facilities and building management
  • Commercial – Sales and institutional marketing
  • Data & Automation – is responsible for managing, processing and analysing QS data
  • Strategy & Management – group strategy and leadership
  1. Our supply chains

Our supply chain network is largely service driven. The services provided by our suppliers include managed IT services, travel, venue hire, and contractors, as well as support supply chains incorporating IT equipment, and facilities management.

  1. Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, or any part of our business, is minimised.

We will not knowingly conduct business with anyone engaged in modern slavery or human trafficking or knowingly permit such conduct to be carried out in any of our supply chains. Our contracts with customers include anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking provisions to reflect this zero-tolerance position, and our new supplier sign up form mandates our suppliers to confirm they also adhere to regulations around modern slavery and human trafficking.

  1. Our people

Our staff are expected to work in line with our core values and principles. We have a variety of supporting documentation to guide employees on how to work in an honest and ethical manner.

Maintaining staff and management awareness of modern slavery risks is necessary to ensure that we are alert to the possibility of slavery or human trafficking when looking across our business and supply chains. QS facilitates and encourages knowledge sharing with its staff on such issues and provides targeted training programmes for employees whose job function involves making buying decisions.

  1. Our future actions

In addition to the actions we have already taken to adhere to the Act, we aim to:

  • Continue our training and awareness of the Act within procurement and the wider organisation.
  • Continue to discuss the Act with our suppliers, and ensure they take proportionate and appropriate action to eradicate Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in their supply chains.
  • Develop a Sustainable Procurement Policy which contains requirements for organisations to reduce the risks of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking through supply chains.
  1. Review and approval

This statement is reviewed annually. It was approved by the QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd Board.

Signed for and on behalf of the QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd Board by


NAME: Nunzio Quacquarelli

TITLE: Group President