Soha Housing is a social landlord based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, with more than 6500 properties located within an hour of its head office. We are a not-for-profit business, and any surplus we make is reinvested in new homes and looking after our neighbourhoods.
S. 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires all businesses operating within the UK with an annual turnover exceeding £36 million to produce a statement outlining what steps, if any, the business has taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking from taking place within their organisation or their supply chain. Soha meets the conditions set out by the act, and is committed to ensuring that slavery and/or human trafficking are not taking place in either in our employed workforce or our supply chain. We take the following precautions to prevent these injustices:
- We have rigorous Human Resources procedures in place to ensure that all employees have a legal right to work in the UK, are paid a fair and legal wage, and are under no duress;
- We risk-assess existing suppliers over a particular contract value according to relevant guidance, and will ensure those who fall in the higher risk categories have protections or due diligence procedures in place to prevent slavery or human trafficking;
- We check that new suppliers falling into high risk or high value categories have protections and due diligence procedures in place to prevent slavery and human trafficking within their organisation or supply chains. This may be in the form of their own statement, or requiring a declaration to this effect; and
- Our social purpose and commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking are also reflected in our Safeguarding and Procurement Policies, to underscore the seriousness of slavery and human trafficking, and ensure that staff are aware of and responsive to the issues.
Any incidence of non-compliance we discover will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, notifying the proper authorities where appropriate.
This statement has been approved by both Senior Management and Soha’s Board of Directors. It will be reviewed on an annual basis and revised when necessary.
Board 23 June 2016