Modern slavery statement

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Great Places is committed to eradicating modern slavery in all forms throughout our direct operations and our wider supply chain.

Who is Great Places?

Great Places Housing Group is a registered, not for profit, social housing provider working across 30+ local authorities in the North of England providing rented homes, low cost home ownership opportunities, private management services and support services for people in need.

We have over 19,000 properties in our portfolio, and in 2018/19 achieved a turnover of over £100m. We employ approximately 560 colleagues and are a living wage employer with a strong commitment to supporting and developing our employees to achieve their potential.

Our structure

The legal structure of Great Places Housing Group comprises the following companies and is overseen day to day by Chief Executive (Matthew Harrison) and 3 Executive Directors:

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Great Places’ Board is currently made up of 10 Non-Executive Directors plus the Chief Executive and is chaired by Tony Davison, with a further 3 NED’s making up the Cube Board.

Our risk areas

Within each of our directorates, an assessment has been undertaken to identify any high risk activities or functions where modern slavery and/or human trafficking are known to be more prevalent. This exercise identified the following risk areas:

  • Development of new homes – construction workers and supply chain
  • Procurement of electronic devices and component parts
  • Procurement of repairs materials, parts, etc.
  • Use of facilities management and grounds maintenance contractors
  • Temporary staff, particularly those working in Independence & Wellbeing
  • Tenants employed as sex workers or cannabis farm “gardeners”

Within each of these areas, we will liaise with our colleagues, contractors and supply chain partners to ensure that risks are managed effectively and that employment practices are in line with our expectations.

What have we achieved in the past 12 months? 

During 2018/19, we committed to deliver a number of actions in order to address the priority areas that we had identified. The information below summarises our progress against these actions:

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What Are Our Future Actions For 2019/20

Over the next 12 months, we will:

  • Re-procure a number of contracts which fall within our high risk areas, including our investment programme framework, tree maintenance andgrounds maintenance contractors
  • Continue to work with our existing contractors and partners to address any concerns relating to Modern Slavery or the use of employment practices which are not in line with our values or the principles of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code
  • Review and update our Modern Slavery Policy which was originally written in 2016
  • Continue to deliver mandatory training on Modern Slavery, and targeted campaigns to front line colleagues on how to spot the signs, and how to respond in order to protect the victims and identify the perpetrators
  • Continue to engage with the Slave Free Alliance to access best practice information, training, etc.

Conclusion

We are not aware of any modern slavery or human trafficking incidents have occurred within Great Places or our supply chain within 2018/19, but will continue to act vigilantly and in line with the Modern Slavery Act throughout 2019/20.
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