Slavery and human trafficking statement 2015/16
Knightstone Housing Group develops affordable housing for rent and sale in the West of England and Somerset and provides landlord, individual support and community services. We own or manage c12,000 properties and provide services to over 23,000 residents. We aim to promote the highest standards in how we run our business and in our employment and procurement practices. We support the principles of the Modern Slavery Act and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement summarises our approach and the action we have taken this year in our own company and in our supply chain.
Within Knightstone, our recruitment and people management systems are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion once in our employment. They include:
- pre-employment checks: work permits, DBS, references
- electronic time recording systems to restrict working hours to EU limits
- paying at least the national living wage
- overtime working is voluntary and recompensed, either as pay or time off
- grievance procedures and Whistleblowing Policy
- health and safety policies and procedures.
Knightstone has an extensive supply chain and we procure goods and services in excess of £30 million per year. We work with a wide range of different suppliers and partners. Some of our suppliers subcontract work or rely on recruitment agencies to supply temporary or permanent staff. By the nature of their businesses, some of our suppliers are potentially at higher risk than others, for example: maintenance, repairs and construction companies, cleaning and grounds maintenance contractors, security firms and specialist managing agents providing support and/or care.
During 2015/16, we have:
- made our staff aware of the Modern Slavery Act, including its definitions of slavery and human trafficking
- told staff what to do if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking
- carried out a modern slavery risk assessment
- contacted suppliers and partners in potentially higher risk categories to check what assurance arrangements they have in place
- revised our procurement guidelines to include reference to modern slavery and human trafficking and
- amended our Whistleblowing Policy.
31 March 2016