This statement has been published with accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 s54 and sets out the steps taken by Karbon Homes to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains for the financial year ending April 2017.
Modern slavery and human trafficking is an issue that exists in both developed and developing economies and across business sectors. Karbon has a zero tolerance to slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (modern slavery), and is committed to conducting business with honesty, integrity and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Our existing policies, processes and contracts show that we embrace the principles and aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We are committed to working with our partners and suppliers to raise awareness and understanding of modern slavery and eliminating the practice from the supply chain. This statement details the actions we have taken so far to achieve this.
Karbon Homes is a North East housing association that owns and manages 24,000 homes from Berwick in the north to Stockton in the south and across to the Cumbrian border in the west. The key areas of our operation that could be affected by slavery and human trafficking are directly hired employees, agency workers and the workforce of our supply chain who supply materials to our business. The steps that we take to mitigate risks in relation to each area are as follows:
We verify that all directly hired employees prove they have the right to work in the UK on commencement of their employment. All employees are aware of their working hours, leave and absence entitlements and other benefits. Companies that we use to recruit agency workers must demonstrate that staff have the right to work in the UK.
We operate a number of staff policies to ensure good practice and transparency including Dignity and Respect at Work and Confidential Reporting (Whistle Blowing).
Karbon is committed to eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking in all areas of the business and supply chain. We communicate this internally to increase awareness through Safeguarding and Anti-Social Behaviour policies and staff training.
In order for organisations to become a supplier, contractor or service provider for any contracts over £100,000 they must complete a Selection Questionnaire and are required to demonstrate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 where relevant. If a supplier, contractor or service provider is unable to provide evidence of compliance they will not progress any further in the procurement process. If at any time instances of modern slavery comes to light with a current supplier, contractor or service provider depending on the severity of the findings, we would either work with them to put an action plan in place to resolve the issue or we may terminate the contract immediately.
This statement has been published pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Karbon’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2016/17. It has been approved by the Board of Directors and will be reviewed annually.
A copy signed by the Company Secretary is available on request.
Further support and advice may be obtained from:
Modern Slavery Helpline
The UK Government also provides a 24-hour modern slavery helpline that victims, employers and members of the public who may encounter modern slavery can call for expert support and advice. Telephone 0800 0121 700
England and Wales
The Salvation Army 0300 303 8151
Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) 0141 276 7724
Women’s Aid 028 9024 9041 (for female potential victims of human trafficking)