Sustainability and Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) Reporting

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Modern Slavery Statement

Download the Cancer Research UK 2021-22 Modern Slavery Statement

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Supplier Code of Conduct

Like all registered charities, we’re regulated by the Charity Commission. Along with other charities, we work with the Government to make sure legislation helps charities work more effectively. We’ve taken part in consultations on subjects such as the Charities Bill.


Cancer Research UK exists to beat cancer for a world where people can all live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer.

Beating cancer is a long term game.  We must become a truly sustainable organisation – environmentally, financially and operationally – if we are to achieve our mission.  This means considering the sustainability of our operations, research, fundraising activities, supply chains, investments, products and partnerships.  And being a diverse and inclusive organisation, binging in the best ideas and being reflective of the people and communities we serve.

Climate change, environmental sustainability and social inequality are critical challenges of our time. We must play our part in tackling them, particularly where they intersect with our mission of beating cancer.

"Sustain" is one of our five strategic pillars and our Sustainability team are focused on how we act as a responsible charity in achieving our mission, working collaboratively with our partners and communities.

Environmental Update

We’re making a strong commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of our activities. Read our latest update which sets out our new long-term environmental commitments to align with the UN targets of a 50% drop in emissions by 2030 and being net-zero by 2050. This is both our direct and indirect emissions including our supply chain and our research (scope 1, 2 and 3).

Our Position Statement on Environmental Sustainability of Research

To reduce the impact on the environment of the research we fund, we expect everyone involved to consider, manage, and where possible reduce the environmental impact of their work.

Modern Slavery Statement

At Cancer Research UK, we’re committed identifying, preventing and mitigating modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.

Please take a moment to read our Modern Slavery Statement, which details our approach.

Supplier Code of Conduct

We have developed a clear set of standards for the responsible, sustainable and ethical sourcing of all goods and services. We expect all our suppliers to adhere to these standards.  

Please take a moment to read our Supplier Code of Conduct:

See past Modern Slavery Statements

  • 2020/21
  • 2019/20