Slavery and human trafficking statement
Origin Housing Limited (“Origin”) is fully committed to combatting slavery and human trafficking and is committed to ensuring transparency of our supply chains.
Outlined below are the steps we have taken to target Modern Slavery for the financial year ending 31 March 2021, which covers the period 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, along with details on the further actions we will take in the new financial year. We will continue to examine the effectiveness of our approach, to ensure continuous improvement.
We have a responsibility to be alert to the risks of slavery and human trafficking in our business and in the wider supply chain and staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.
Origin Housing Ltd is an exempt charity, and Registered Provider of Social Housing (registered in England), principally involved in the provision of quality affordable homes and effective management services to meet the needs of customers and build sustainable communities.
The Origin Group consists of two registered providers (Origin Housing Limited and Origin Housing 2 Limited) and four active companies (Origin Properties Limited, Origin Housing Developments Limited, Origin Finance Limited and Origin Finance 2 plc). Origin Housing Limited is the parent company of the Group and a charitable registered provider regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).
Origin Housing Ltd was formed in April 2010. It is an amalgamation of companies whose origins go back to the 1920s. St Pancras Housing Association merged with Humanist Housing Association in 1999 to form St Pancras and Humanist Housing Association Ltd (SPH). In 2004, Origin Housing Group was set up when Griffin Homes joined.
Origin is a diverse and dynamic business that own and manages nearly 7,000 homes in London and Hertfordshire.
Provision of Housing
As a major housing provider, we have vetting processes in place which monitor the people whom we house, as well as ensuring, through our tenancy audits, that our properties are not used for the purposes of trafficking or allowing modern slavery.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include goods and services for the construction, repair and maintenance of residential homes.
We also purchase goods and services to facilitate the running of our business and our office premises. As we are based in and operate solely within the UK, we have identified that our overall exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking is quite low. However, within our business, particular attention is paid to construction contracts and the use of sub-contracted labour.
We already take action to ensure that we are compliant with employment law, and many of our contractors and suppliers are in the UK, and are also required to follow UK employment law.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery in our supply chains or in any part of our organisation and as part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk during procurement, either from a framework, or by buying direct from the open market, we have reviewed our systems and controls and will be making improvements. These include:
- Referring to our Code of Conduct for Partner Organisations which includes a section on modern slavery activities. By tendering, potential contractors and suppliers are agreeing to adhere to the Code.
- Reviewing the terms and conditions of new contracts to make more explicit reference to modern slavery.
We expect those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values and legislation. The executive team and senior management group are responsible for compliance in their respective departments and for their supplier relationships.
During 2021/22 we will ensure that all reviews of contract management and performance include consideration of the Modern Slavery Act as well as provide refresher training.
We are committed to pay all employees either the London Living Wage or UK Living Wage Foundation rates as a minimum for their basic salary.
All staff to receive training to:
recognise the signs of abuse and behaviours which should give cause for concern;
assess the risk of abuse to customers, staff and contractors and ensure measures are in place to minimise this as part of assessment and support planning; and
respond to abuse in accordance with this policy and the relevant Safeguarding Adults Procedure
Additionally, we intend to further raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking with all staff with new online training courses which explain both what modern slavery is and how it can be combatted in the supply chain.
Our effectiveness in combatting slavery and human trafficking
We use the following methods to demonstrate that we are checking slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
Completion of tenancy and estate audits;
Use of labour monitoring and payroll systems;
Ensure all suppliers comply to our supplier code of conduct;
Good level of communication and personal contact with next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.
Origin will only trade with those who comply with our policy on Modern Slavery. We will assess any instances of non-compliance, take appropriate action and report these to the Board. However, there were no instances of non-compliance during the period covered by this statement.
Origin has a whistleblowing policy in place, updated in March 2020 which ensures full protection (and anonymity) of staff, should they raise a concern.
This Statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It was approved by Origin’s Board on 9 June 2021 and applies to all companies within the Origin Group.
Last updated: 29 July 2021.