Modern slavery statement
This statement covers the position on modern slavery for GreenSquareAccord including all subsidiary companies for activities during the period April 2022 to March 2023.
We are a registered social housing provider of housing, regeneration, care and support, and commercial services across the West Midlands, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas with a combined portfolio of approximately 23,000 properties and are regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).
Supply chain policy
Our supply chains are extensive, consisting of building works, maintenance contractors, service providers and agencies and operating predominantly within the UK. Some suppliers subcontract work or utilise recruitment agencies to supply temporary or permanent staff.
By the nature of their businesses some of our suppliers are potentially at higher risk of exposure to modern slavery than others, for example, maintenance, repairs and construction companies, cleaning and grounds maintenance contractors, security firms and specialist managing agents who provide support and/or care.
As part of our new supplier procedure we require our suppliers, delivery partners, organisations within our frameworks and other suppliers we engage with to declare that they will ensure their goods, materials, and labour-related supply chains fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We maintain a register of suppliers and contracts on our supplier portal and new suppliers are asked to confirm compliance with the principles of modern slavery legislation via a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement when they register on our supplier portal.
Potential suppliers are required to confirm compliance with the annual reporting requirements contained within the Modern Slavery Act 2015 when tendering for contracts with GreenSquareAccord. Modern Slavery offences committed under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are mandatory exclusion grounds at tender stage and apply to all procurements subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
During 2023/24 we will be undertaking a review of procurement practices to consider the application of the recommended approaches for tackling modern slavery set out by the Government in Procurement Policy Note 02/23 published in February 2023. This review will include a review of our contract conditions to ensure appropriate terms and conditions are included as standard.
Recruitment and people management
Our recruitment and people management procedures ensure all prospective colleagues are legally entitled to work in the UK and recruitment procedures are managed by a capable and qualified in-house Human Resources Team who ensure robust pre-employment checks are conducted. These include proof of eligibility to work in the UK, employment references, and DBS checks. We only engage with reputable recruitment agencies who are required to demonstrate a commitment to anti-slavery policies and procedures.
All members of staff are provided with e-learning training which covers awareness of modern slavery and how to report suspected abuse. Colleagues must complete this training as part of their induction and at refresher intervals thereafter.
We are committed to helping adults and children live their lives free of abuse, harm and intimidation. Our safeguarding policies cover modern slavery legislation (encompassing slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude) and set out the robust practices which should be followed and the responsibilities of employees in preventing the abuse or mistreatment of adults and children we work with.
During 2023-24 we will continue to ensure we understand the potential risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in delivering our services and managing our supply chain. We will continue to monitor supplier compliance with the Modern Slavery Act via our supplier portal.