Modern Slavery Act

MODERN SLAVERY ACT STATEMENT: ANTI-SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING 2017

whg is one of the West Midlands’ leading and most successful providers of high quality homes.  Owning and managing around 20,000 homes across Walsall and surrounding areas, we provide affordable, good quality homes and services to the local community.

This statement is made under Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  It constitutes whg’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2017.

This statement is approved by whg’s Group Board and applies to all organisations within the Group.  It will be reviewed and updated annually.

whg is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships.  We have started to 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.

Specifically, all new procurement contracts contain the following clauses:

  • “The Service Provider shall, and shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure that its employees or agents and/or supply chain shall, at all times act in a way which is compatible with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 
  • Where relevant the Service Provider must publish a statement as required by the Act.
  • The Client reserves the right, upon reasonable notice, to audit this at any time during the contract period.  In the event that the Client considers that a Service Provider is not in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Service Provider must take all such appropriate remedial actions as requested by the Client to address any areas of concern.
  • The Service Provider agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Client against all loss, costs, proceedings or damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with any breach by the Service Provider of its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.”

whg will only trade with those who fully comply with this policy 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.

Our recruitment and people management systems are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and that there are mechanisms in place for colleagues to access support if they are experiencing any type of abuse once in our employment.

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 :                   Eddie Hughes (Chair)                                               Date:     16 June 2016

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