Our response to modern slavery and human trafficking

In 2015 the government passed a new act to fight modern slavery, giving support and protection for the victims, and ensuring businesses take more responsibility. 

 

We are required to publish a statement that states how we will improve our business activities to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.

 

Purpose and scope of this statement

 

This statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.

 

About Aldwyck Housing Group

 

Aldwyck Housing Group is a housing provider with over 11,000 properties in a variety of tenures, from rented and part-owned homes to owner-occupiers.

 

Our aims are to provide great customer service, to build and maintain high quality homes and to be efficient and deliver value for money.

 

We have a strong social purpose, carrying out our business for the benefit of the community. As an employer, we are committed to meeting, as a minimum, our statutory obligations for the pay and benefits we provide to our people.

 

We manage projects and procurements where services and products are sourced from national and international suppliers. Most of these products are not sourced by us directly but are sourced by our contracted suppliers of services, goods and works.

 

Our commitment

 

We are committed to doing what we can to combat slavery and human trafficking and have a zero tolerance policy. Our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. It also reflects our commitment to implementing and enforcing systems and controls that seek to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

 

In our own business

 

Aldwyck Housing Group has a Code of Governance and Codes of Conduct which set out the measures we take to ensure we conduct business to high standards of ethics, probity, conduct and explicit values. We seek to employ best practice in all aspects of our business, including equal opportunities, conditions of employment, remuneration and benefits, health and safety, bribery, fraud, anti-money laundering and corruption. Aldwyck has supporting procedures which strictly prohibit the use of slavery or human trafficking within the business or in our direct supply chain, in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

Training and awareness

 

Our Safeguarding Policy identifies modern slavery as a form of abuse and details clear procedures for staff to follow if and when abuse is suspected. We provide safeguarding training to our team during which the actions to take are clearly stated and reinforced. The training takes place as mandatory e-learning but is also delivered face to face for our frontline teams.

 

We will only work with parties who fully comply with these standards. We will deal with issues of non-compliance on a case by case basis.

 

In our supply chains

 

We take all practical steps to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains. These steps include:

 

• Requiring new suppliers to declare that they are not involved in modern slavery or human trafficking and have not been subject to any investigation in connection with any offence involving slavery or human trafficking

 

• Provisions in our template contract documentation requiring our suppliers to take appropriate steps to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their supply chains.

 

We have a clear safeguarding procedure which would be put in place if we were aware of any instances or indicators to slavery or human trafficking in our homes, organisations or supply chains.

 

This statement was approved by Aldwyck Housing Group’s Managing Director and its Board on 23 May 2019 and applies to all organisations within the Group. It will be reviewed and updated as necessary or on an annual basis.