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Slavery and human trafficking statement

  • We require our principal suppliers to confirm that they comply with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • We limit the geographical scope of our operations to ensure optimum supervision of the use of our properties
  • Where possible we build long standing relationships with local suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour
  • With regards to national or international supply chains, our point contact is with a UK company or branch and we expect these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes. We expect each entity in the supply chain to, at least, adopt ‘one-up’ due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us (and every other participant in the chain) to have a direct relationship with all links in the supply chain, ultimately to the primary source of production
  • We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

Supplier adherence to our values

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our policy and values.

Executive Directors and members of our Change Management Team and Senior Leaders Network are responsible for compliance in their respective departments and teams and for their supplier relationships.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to relevant members of staff. All Directors will be briefed on the subject.

Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking

In the year to 31 March 2016 we began our assessment of key risk areas where slavery and human trafficking might impact our business. Following this we will update our relevant policies and procedures as necessary to address any key risk areas. We will also formulate a series of actions to help mitigate the risks identified.

We will use the following measures to identify how effective we are to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • Levels of compliance with our Procurement, Lettings and Recruitment procedures by our staff from audits of these processes.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

Dame Clare Tickell
Chief Executive
Hanover Housing Association
Approved by the Board on 20 July 2016