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 (the Act) which requires organisations like ours, with a turnover of more than £36 million, to publish an annual ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’. The statement sets out actions we have taken to prevent modern slavery from occurring in our business and supply chain for the financial year ending 31 March 2020.
In November 2019, Radian Group Ltd and Yarlington Housing Group created a new partnership, bringing together several housing providers. Our companies employ more than 1350 staff and we own and manage 38,000 units across the south and south west of England.
For the purposes of this statement, ‘Radian’ refers to the parent company of the group (Radian Group Ltd) and these housing providers:
These housing providers are Registered Societies under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and registered with the Regulator of Social Housing.
The majority of our properties are general needs housing, but also includes sheltered and supported housing, together with key worker accommodation, shared ownership, market rent and private sale properties.
We take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery across all areas of the organisation, as well as in our supply chains. We are committed to ensuring we are not connected to modern slavery in any way and our aim is to ensure that our business always operates in an open and transparent way.
Our commitment is reflected in our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which is available on request.
We are committed to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking and want to work with suppliers who share our values.
We aim to work in partnership with all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners to ensure that they share and work towards the same values we hold against slavery and human trafficking.
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 Policy, Dignity at Work Policy, or Grievance 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.
Radian’s procurement activities operate in England. We aim to run our business with the highest standards and support the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Most of our suppliers and contractors are UK based companies but we know that some of the products we purchase are imported from overseas countries, for example, building materials, clothing, IT equipment and mobile technology and consider these to be higher risk than others.
This statement summarises the steps we have taken in the last 12 months and the approach we will take over the next 12 months.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by the Board of Radian.
16 July 2020