Soha Housing Ltd is a social landlord based in Didcot, Oxfordshire with more than 6,700 properties located within an hour of its head office. We are a not-for-profit business, and any surplus made is reinvested in new homes and improving our communities. We are registered with the Regulator of Social Housing.
This statement encompasses Soha Housing Ltd and its subsidiary, SIB Property Ltd.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) requires commercial organisations operating in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £36m to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation.
Soha is committed to ensuring that slavery and/or human trafficking are not taking place in our organisation or supply chain. We have the following systems in place to help us achieve this:
- Robust Human Resources policies and procedures to ensure that all employees have a legal right to work in the UK, are paid a fair and legal wage, and have a safe working environment. All staff have access to support 24/7 and are treated equally and proportionately in any disciplinary procedure;
- Existing suppliers over a particular contract value are risk assessed in accordance with relevant guidance. We ensure that those who fall in the higher risk categories have protections or due diligence procedures in place to prevent slavery or human trafficking;
- New suppliers falling into high risk¹ or high value² categories are checked to ensure protections and due diligence procedures are in place to prevent slavery and human trafficking within their organisation or supply chains. If they do not have their own statement then we require a declaration in any contract which confirms their compliance with current legislation;
- Our Code of Conduct, Safeguarding and Whistleblowing Policies and our Approach to Procurement underpin our social purpose and commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking. We ensure that all staff are aware of and responsive to the issues; and
- A commitment to introduce training for all staff which will encompass but not limited to diversity and inclusivity, human factors and equal opportunities.
- Any non-compliance we discover will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and where appropriate we will notify the relevant authorities.
This statement has been produced for the current financial year ending 31 March 2020. It has been approved by both Senior Management and Soha’s Board of Directors. It will be reviewed on an annual basis and revised as necessary.
¹ this is likely to apply to workers in low paid work providing services such as cleaning and grounds maintenance but may also apply to staff working for our development, repair and maintenance contractors. It also includes external partners who provide care and support services.
² for any contracts over the Public Contracts Regs 2015 (OJEU) value threshold for Works and Services Contracts.
Date of Board Approval: 22 October 2020