Modern slavery is defined as slavery, servitude and forced/compulsory labour and human trafficking.
Complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015
Broadland Housing is committed to ensuring that we comply with our legal regulatory responsibilities, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We take care to ensure that neither modern slavery nor human trafficking exists in our business or in any part of our supply chain.
This statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
As a Living Wage employer, we are committed to paying the Living Wage to all our staff and we regularly review our terms of employment to ensure that they comply with all relevant legislation.
Checking compliance of our suppliers
Broadland Housing does not wish to work with any supplier knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking in any part of its operations. To mitigate this risk we do the following:
- carry out due diligence and require new suppliers to declare that they are not involved with nor have not been subject to an investigation in connection with any offence involving slavery or human trafficking.
- have provisions in our contract documents requiring our suppliers to take appropriate steps to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their supply chains.
- updated our tender documentation to notify all suppliers that we expect them to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
- have a whistleblowing policy for all staff.
We will only trade with those suppliers who fully comply with this statement and the terms of our contracts.
We recognise the potential risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chain, such as the use of workers employed by outside agencies.
Our in-house Procurement Team is responsible for sourcing and managing suppliers of goods, services and supplies, which gives Broadland Housing greater influence over their practices.
We have established strong, long-term relationships with predominantly UK-based suppliers: a mix of global market-leading manufacturers and small or medium-sized local businesses. Most of the transactions of our UK-based suppliers are with other UK-based organisations that are subject to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our suppliers and subcontractors are required to comply with our business practices and ethical supply policies. Our site induction processes extend to subcontractors’ workers operating on our sites.
Throughout our supply chain and dealing with suppliers, we are committed to learning from areas of best practice to ensure continuous improvement. We will ensure that we continue to comply with current and future legislation and will make sure our practices are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they remain relevant.