Modern Slavery Statement

Our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

We have responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act (MDS) 2015 to ensure transparency in the provision of all our goods and services. This statement outlines the actions and steps taken by Homes for Lambeth. We will seek to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chains.

Supply Chain

Homes for Lambeth procures services and products directly and through our partnerships and contractual relationships with other suppliers and agencies. These are sourced from the UK, Europe and beyond. Homes for Lambeth does not wish to support or deal with any business that is knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking in any part of its operations.

To that extent, Homes for Lambeth continues to include within its tender documentation, a requirement for potential suppliers to provide a statement of assurance regarding its procedures and practices around modern slavery.

Homes for Lambeth will continue to review its procurement policies regarding tenders and contracts to ensure they reflect best practice and to mitigate against the risk of modern slavery.

Employees

We are committed to ensuring that our employees and workers are not subject to any form of servitude, forced, compulsory or bonded labour. Employees will have the freedom to leave freely and without threat to themselves or their family.

All our employees will be treated fairly and equally. We regularly review all our terms of employment to ensure that they comply with all relevant legislation.

As an employer we are committed to paying the national living wage as a minimum and regularly review our terms of employment to ensure they comply with all relevant legislation. Employees are provided with clear and transparent information about rates of pay, hours worked and legal deductions.

Policies

Sustainable and Ethical procurement is very important to Homes for Lambeth and this begins by producing a Sustainable & Ethical Procurement policy and an Ethical Supplier Code of Conduct, which sets out our targets and ambitions to minimise our negative impacts and enhance the positive environmental, social and economic impacts.

All our policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect anti-slavery and human trafficking best practice and to mitigate against risks. Relevant key policies include, but are not limited to:

  • Corporate Code of Conduct
  • Procurement Manual
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Whistleblowing.

Recruitment

  • Our Care & Support teams will ensure agencies conduct their business in a way that is consistent with our MDS statements

Procurement and Supply Chain

  • We will continue checks on contractors, who are subject to Procurement’s tender terms and conditions, including the requirement to produce a MDS annual statement if needed
  • Continue to review tenders where rates are well below market range and check ‘Right to Work’ status of sub-contractors and agency labour

Declaration

This statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2022.

This statement is reviewed and updated on an annual basis and has been approved by Homes for Lambeth.