whg is opposed to all forms of modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships. We take steps to ensure that adequate processes and controls are in place to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It outlines the steps whg has taken during the 2019/20 financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains, and in any part of its own business.
- Structure and Supply Chains
whg owns and manages over 21,000 homes across the West Midlands. We employ around 735 colleagues, who support the provision of affordable, good quality homes and services to more than 50,000 customers.
Our supply chains cover goods, services and works necessary to:
- Deliver front line services to residents in the properties we manage.
- Build new homes.
- Support the “back-office” services that keep the business operating efficiently.
This Statement is approved by Walsall Housing Group’s Board and applies to all organisations within the Group:
Walsall Housing Group Limited
Visionary Investment Enhancing Walsall Limited
Anthem Homes Limited
whg Trading Company Limited
Buy for Good CIC
whg Treasury PLC
whg Developments Limited
Cricket Close LLP
The Statement is reviewed and updated annually.
- Policy Framework
We have an extensive and robust framework of policies, procedures and contractual requirements in place which contribute to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. Key policies include:
- Procurement Policy
To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our commitment we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. This includes:
- Questions on compliance within tender selection questionnaires
- Incorporation of terms requiring adherence to the Modern Slavery Act into contracts
- Due diligence of existing contractors to achieve assurance
whg will only trade with those who fully comply or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance. We will assess any suspected instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate remedial action.
- Recruitment & Selection Policy
Our recruitment and selection process systems are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK. There are mechanisms in place for colleagues to access support if they are experiencing any type of abuse once in our employment.
- Safeguarding Policy
We have a Safeguarding Policy in place to ensure that all suspected cases of neglect or abuse are investigated and reported. We also have number of designated Safeguarding Officers.
- Whistleblowing Policy
Our Whistleblowing Policy provides advice to colleagues and customers about how to report any instances of malpractice within our organisation or supply chain. The policy can be viewed here.
- Lettings Policy
When signing up new tenants we undertake a robust process to ensure that they are who they say they are which includes background and identification checks. Our Tenancy Services Team will always investigate any allegations from customers or the wider community regarding potential tenancy fraud.
We are committed to raising awareness amongst colleagues about anti-slavery and human trafficking and have included it within mandatory online safeguarding training for all colleagues. This topic will continue to be a regular feature in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training plans.
|Signed:||Danielle Oum (whg Chair)||Date: 22 June 2020|