What is Modern Slavery?
It is estimated that there are between 20 and 30 million people enslaved worldwide. Types of slavery include child trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude. There is no typical victim of slavery, but it is prevalent among the most vulnerable or within minority or socially excluded groups.
This statement is made in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Radian is committed to doing what it can to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in its business or supply chains, to identify high risk areas and take positive action.
Radian was formed in 2006 bringing together a number of housing providers. The parent company of the Group is Radian Group Limited. The housing providers are:
These companies are all Registered Societies under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and registered with the Regulator of Social Housing. Our companies employ more than 800 staff and we have a growing portfolio of over 25,000 units across the south of England. Our joint annual turnover exceeds £36 million (the minimum threshold for companies which must publish this statement).
The majority of our stock is general needs housing, but also includes sheltered and supported housing, together with key worker accommodation, shared ownership, market rent and private sale properties.
Radian takes a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery.
Our People policies emphasise our commitment to creating an inclusive environment in which colleagues are free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
We encourage a positive work-life balance and promote staff wellbeing. Employees may raise concerns under our Whistleblowing Reporting Procedure or Employee Concerns, complaints and Grievances Policy. Colleagues also have access to a free, independent and confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
We maintain robust recruitment processes and our Resourcing Procedure contains all relevant requirements with regards to checking eligibility to work in the UK, employment reference checks, and any additional necessary checks such as DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
All our employees are issued with an employment contract which adheres to relevant UK employment legislation. Our job evaluation process helps to ensure that pay is fair and consistent.
The Radian supply chain includes approximately 2,500 economic operators. Within this supply chain various products are imported by our suppliers. High risk categories relevant to Radian procurement activity are: apparel, IT equipment and mobile technology.
Over the following 12 months, the Procurement team with support from the Operational areas within Radian, will be conducting a full review of how we appraise, approve, screen and manage our economic operators.
We will continue to raise awareness about modern slavery internally, educate and train those that conduct buying activity and put in place controls to mitigate risk.
Our plans to be implemented during the financial year 2019/20 include:
This statement has been approved by the Executive Board and applies to all organisations within the Radian group of companies. It is reviewed annually.
29 August 2019