This statement is made for and on behalf of Bromford Housing Group Limited (Bromford) and its subsidiaries. Bromford is incorporated as a Community Benefit Society with the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 29996). Bromford is a social housing provider that provides good quality, affordable housing to people whose needs are not met on the open market. We also provide additional support services to residents.
The Group had a turnover of £271m million in 2019-20 which is above the figure of £36million which is the threshold over which organisations are required to publish an annual statement.
As a business, we’re committed to upholding the highest standards of probity, openness and transparency so we can provide the best service to our customers, protect our assets and reputation and safeguard public funds.
In compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Bromford does not tolerate slavery, human trafficking, exploitation or corruption of any kind in the work we do, in the work our partners do and in our wider supply chain.
We expect those we work with to have the same attitude and approach and we would never knowingly seek to work with any organisation whose approach or practices were found to be incompatible with our own.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The principles and terms within this document apply to Slavery and Human Trafficking measures within Bromford for the financial year starting 1 April 2019 and ending 31 March 2020.
This statement covers Bromford Housing Group and its Group Subsidiaries. The Group Subsidiaries include: Bromford Housing Association Limited, Merlin Housing Society Limited, Bromford Developments Limited, Bromford Home Ownership Limited, Oakbrook Homes Limited, Street Services Limited, Bromford Assured Homes Limited, Strand Services (Whitchurch) Limited, Riverside Mews Management Company Limited and any other subsidiary of Bromford or its group subsidiaries from time to time.
This statement is published on our Group Intranet and website.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses (including Bromford) to produce a statement setting out the steps they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their own business and their supply chains in each financial year.
The Board has overall responsibility for approving this statement before publication. Specific responsibilities for managing the following key risk areas have been delegated to the Executive – Procurement; Vulnerable customers; and People services
Our policies reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains. We have a number of policies in place that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur within our company, and we review these on a regular basis:
We provide information to colleagues about the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 via information on our intranet. We included this information in our safeguarding training. This will allow anyone who thinks they may have come across an instance of modern slavery to call for more information and guidance on what to do next.
In any case, where a colleague may be concerned about the welfare of a customer or member of the public, they should follow the safeguarding procedure and inform their line manager.
We have identified the key areas of our activity where there is a risk that modern slavery and human trafficking might be detected. This includes activity that is taking place:
As part of our activity to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking, we have systems, processes and due diligence activity in place which:
We are committed to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking and want to work with suppliers who share our values.
We know that there is a greater risk of slavery and human trafficking entering our supply chains when we are working with larger suppliers/contractors or on higher-value contracts.
Construction work – Construction labour suppliers are particularly susceptible to modern slavery, and clearly form an integral part of our supply chain. Our supplier vetting procedures help Bromford to manage the risk of modern slavery taking place in our supply chain. Our development contracts include a clause requiring compliance with the Modern Slavery Act
Colleague Recruitment - Our recruitment and people management procedures ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and that employees are safeguarded from any abuse or coercion once in our employment. Our people management practices include:
Criminals can commit modern slavery and trafficking from anywhere, and large housing providers may unsuspectingly enable it to take place. We are committed to ensuring that no modern slavery and human trafficking takes place from any of our homes or properties.
As an organisation active in the community, Bromford is well placed to identify signs of slavery and human trafficking, and as such, we provide ongoing safeguarding training, which includes information about modern slavery and trafficking, to the appropriate colleagues to help them spot issues or concerns when going into homes and meeting customers.
During the financial year 2020-21 Bromford intends to further expand the steps it takes to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement has been approved by the Bromford Housing Group Board. It will be reviewed and updated annually.