Modern slavery act statement
settle manages over 9,000 properties across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Our purpose is to help those who are struggling to find a place to live. We help them stay in their home comfortably so that they can live the life they chose.
We are a Community Benefit Society that is set up to serve the broader interests of the community. We have ambitions to build more affordable homes, provide services that are easy to access and simple to use that customers can trust, and create an inspiring working environment for colleagues.
As an organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of our residents, we are committed to doing everything we can to prevent slavery and human trafficking as required by the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This statement sets out how we deliver against that commitment.
Strategies, Policies and Procedures
settle has a number of strategies, policies and procedures in place which help detect and prevent slavery and human trafficking. They include;
- recruitment procedures that require all new employees to provide original documentation to verify their legal right to work in the UK;
- strategies, policies and procedures are in place and publicised across the workforce with regard to settle’s approach to adult and children’s safeguarding;
- all colleagues are required to adhere to settle’s code of conduct. This includes sections against bribery and corruption as well as expectations around general workplace behaviour;
- a whistleblowing policy that protects colleagues and contractors from any issues arising from making a report in good faith;
- clear procurement processes that require assurances from third party partners are not, and never have been, in breach of the Modern Slavery Act.
We do not knowingly support or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.
In our selection of Service Providers, we request they confirm whether they are a relevant commercial organisation as defined by section 54 ("Transparency in supply chains etc.") of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("the Act") and if so, that they are compliant with the associated annual reporting requirements.
In our Procurement Contracts, we explicitly ask that Service Providers confirm that current and former directors, officers and colleagues have not and shall not engage in activity which would amount to a breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 or place settle in breach of the act. We all seek confirmation that they maintain and implement procedures to ensure compliance with Modern Slavery Legislation.
Training our colleagues
Our learning and development programme has included a focus on strategies like adult and children’s safeguarding; recognising our commitment to ensuring all colleagues can identify the potential signs of slavery or human trafficking. Onboarding of new colleagues includes a focus on our code of conduct that emphasises the importance of ethical conduct and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group slavery and human trafficking statement for 2021.
settle Board Chair