Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Statement
In April 2021 Accord Housing Association merged with GreenSquare Homes t/a GreenSquare Accord and this statement combines activities of legacy organisations and subsidiary companies.

Our Operations

Accord Housing Association and GreenSquare Homes are registered social housing providers of  housing, regeneration, Care & 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

The supply chains of both organisations are extensive, 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.

We require our suppliers, delivery partners, organisations within our frameworks and other suppliers we engage with to ensure their goods, materials, and labour-related supply chains fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. All new and existing suppliers are asked to confirm   compliance with the principles of modern slavery and are required to provide a copy of their  Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. GreenSquareAccord will be undertaking a full review  of procurement practices to ensure these standards are maintained.

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 an experienced and qualified in-house Human Resources Team who ensure robust pre-employment checks are  conducted. These checks 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.

Safeguarding

There is a commitment to helping adults and children to live their lives free of abuse, harm, and intimidation. Our safeguarding policies cover modern slavery (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/mistreatment of adults and children we work with.

Monitoring effectiveness

During 2021-22 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 and commit to  provide training to members of staff.


Elisabeth Buggins,
GreenSquareAccord Chair

Approved by the Board 5th Aug 2021

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