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Modern Slavery Statement

As our annual turnover is over the £36m threshold detailed in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we are publishing this statement setting out what we have done to recognise and prevent potential incidences of modern slavery.

We are committed, as both an employer and as a landlord, to running our business responsibly. And strive to maintain high ethical principles and a respect of human rights, which prevents slavery and human trafficking in all business activities and supply chains.

Training

The most vulnerable groups in the UK include migrant workers, illegal migrants, asylum seekers and individuals such as homeless people and people with learning difficulties.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff, typically “front line” staff working in our communities.

Recruitment

Our approach to recruitment and selection contains relevant requirements in terms of checking of eligibility to work in the UK and carrying out the necessary checks such as DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).

Supply Chains

We have a rigid and clear safeguarding clause in all contractor and procurement agreements.

Stakeholder Engagement

We are holding a Group-wide awareness week in January 2017 to raise awareness amongst staff (some 1,300 people); tenants, contractors and suppliers and various other stakeholders within our communities about modern slavery. This will include the various forms it can take, how to spot signs of slavery, recent statistics and signposting information.

Our On-going Commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015:

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our commitment is to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place. We are further committed to making sure that our properties are not used to accommodate the work of human traffickers or detain others for servitude.