Slavery and human trafficking statement

 

We are committed to running our business responsibly. We strive to maintain high ethical principles and to respect human rights. We also have our corporate values that underpin how we are doing our best to encourage high standards across our business.

 

Introduction

We are committed to remaining a community housing association and we represent a range of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities through our customers, staff and partners. Our commitment to treating all people with respect and dignity is reflected in our values, corporate objectives and set our in our Equality and Diversity Strategy.

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.

In this document, we describe our business and supply chain. We explain our policies and practices and plans that we have to enhance these in light of the Modern Slavery Act.

 

Organisational structure

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.

 

Our supply chains

Our supply chains include the supply of office products, building products, parts and labour for servicing, repairs and building; as well as the employment of services from contractors and consultants.

 

Our Commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015:

We are committed to ensuring that there is no 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 in our supply chains. 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.


Due Diligence Processes

As part of our initiatives to identify and mitigate risk:

  • We limit the geographical scope of our business to North London and Hertfordshire to ensure optimum supervision of our properties;
  • Where possible, we build long standing relations and partnerships with suppliers, contractors and customers and make clear our expectations and values;
  • When dealing with supply chains, our point of contact is preferably with a UK company and we expect these suppliers/contractors to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes.
  • It is not practical for us (and every participant in the chain) to have direct relationship with all links in the supply chain. We therefore expect each point in the supply chain to, as a minimum, adopt due diligence to the next link in the chain.

 

Supplier Adherence to Our Values

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.

 

Training

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.

 

Our effectiveness in combating 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.

Since the Modern Slavery Act came in, we have decided to review our business operations to identify any parts at risk of slavery and human trafficking. Once we have completed this programme of review, we will decide the right things to do next. As we keep learning more, we will review and refine the steps we need to take to identify potential incidences of slavery or human trafficking.

This statement will be updated periodically to reflect the work we are doing to demonstrate our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

Last updated: 28 September 2016