Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The following statement gives a concise overview of the steps Housing Solutions has taken to ensure that slavery and trafficking is not part of its business practices or those of its contractors and suppliers. This statement confirms the actions and activities which Housing Solutions undertakes to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Housing Solutions’ Statement
Housing Solutions expects its suppliers to adhere to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and, by doing so, not to use slave labour or engage in human trafficking. Suppliers must comply fully with all the applicable legislation including, but not limited to, that relating to: slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, immigration, safeguarding, health and safety and the environment.
Housing Solutions requires all new suppliers to confirm by submitting their tender or by a short statement that they are not in breach of the Act.
Existing repairs contractors have been asked to confirm that they are not in breach of the Act. Our tender documentation includes a provision for the mandatory exclusion of any bidder convicted of an offence under sections 1, 2 or 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Where we enter into new contracts we seek to impose provisions for termination in the event of a modern slavery or human trafficking compliance breach by the supplier
Housing Solutions may instruct its agents to conduct audits of key suppliers where there are suspicions that there may be non-compliance with the above legislation. Should a breach be identified, Housing Solutions may provide the supplier with an opportunity to rectify the problem and implement a corrective action plan, but reserves the right to remove the supplier from its supply chain.
Housing Solutions’ internal processes for recruitment and procurement address compliance with The Modern Slavery Act 2015. Recruitment staff receive appropriate training to enable them to conduct checks on documents, such as passports and other forms of identification, to avoid being party to trafficking
All staff have been advised of the general requirements of the Act and have been provided with links to the modern slavery website to gain further information about the types of slavery, signs to spot, online and telephone reporting and referral processes for victims. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery
Housing Solutions operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its business practices, or those of our contractors and suppliers:
- Whistleblowing Policy – Housing Solutions encourages all of its workers to report any concerns relating to Housing Solutions or its supply chains and has processes in place to allow this.
- Procurement code of conduct – Housing Solutions is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour.
- Recruitment policy – Housing Solutions uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.
- Safeguarding – Housing Solutions has developed policies which promote and safeguard the welfare of those living in our properties or receiving our services.
Housing Solutions Whistleblowing Policy is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of discrimination.
Housing Solutions works closely with other agencies and will report any suspected incidences of slavery or trafficking to the relevant authorities.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Housing Solutions is available on our website and will be reviewed in line with the terms of our Policy framework.
Date of approval: 19 December 2019
Date of review: December 2020