Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Policy statement

At Anchor Hanover, we recognise our obligations to combat slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. We are committed to maintaining best practice and to seeking continuous improvement.

We are England’s largest provider of housing for older people and one of the largest providers of care. We have 54,000 homes across 1,700 sites and operate in more than 90% of local authorities in England.  We have nearly 6,000 residential care customers and employ more than 9,000 colleagues. Our annual turnover is over £526 million.

Our supply chains include agency workers, housing & care products, logistics, property & construction, technology and other goods & services.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

At present all of our suppliers are based within the UK, but we are aware that some of our suppliers outsource or manufacture overseas. We are aware that the risk is higher with these suppliers and ensure we only work with reputable businesses that have systems in place to ensure their supply chains comply with our values.

To identify and mitigate risk our standard supplier contract terms require our suppliers to confirm that they and their contractors shall comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.

Our standard supplier contract terms also require our suppliers to maintain a set of records to trace the supply chain of all goods and services provided to Anchor Hanover and to provide us with a report on request of the steps they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains.
We have carried out a review of all of our contractual documentation to ensure that suppliers entering into any new contracts agree to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.

As part of our procurement processes all potential new suppliers are required to provide us with a copy of their Ethics Policy and their Health and Safety Policy at tender stage which are reviewed to ensure they meet Anchor Hanover’s standards. Where applicable, new suppliers are also required to provide us with a copy of their own Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement as part of the tender process.

We have robust HR policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with employment legislation is followed and to prevent unethical working practices. We are committed to ensuring fair remuneration. 
We have systems in place to encourage reporting of concerns and the protection of whistleblowers. Our employees also have access to a free 24-hour colleague assistance service.

We only use reputable employment agencies to source agency workers.

Supplier adherence to our values

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

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

Approved by Anchor Hanover’s Board on 25 September 2019

Signed

Dr Stuart Burgess signature
Dr Stuart Burgess CBE

This statement will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis and has been approved by Anchor Hanover Group’s Board. It applies to all companies and organisations within the Group.