Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20

 

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.

 

Organisational Structure

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:

  • The Swaythling Housing Society Ltd
  • Drum Housing Association Ltd
  • Portal Housing Association Ltd
  • Windsor and District Housing Association Ltd
  • Yarlington Housing Group.

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 1,350 staff and we have a growing portfolio of over 38,000 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.

 

Our Commitment

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:

  • Risk assessment – Review and identify Tier 1 suppliers; define, measure, analyse and report risks, document location, turnover, their Modern Slavery Act statements and any controls or improvements to be implemented as well as highlighting any risks or action to take if any occurrence is detected.
  • Ensure our suppliers reflect our business values and can demonstrate the controls in place to monitor risk through each stage of their supply chains, from material source through to delivery.
  • Review the business risk methodology and due diligence processes for the onboarding of new suppliers.
  • A new Code of Conduct will be rolled out to our existing suppliers and included in our onboarding processes for new suppliers.
  • Educate, train, raise awareness – all those involved in the supply chain at Radian will be given appropriate guidance and training.
  • Radian’s Learning Management System (LMS) has an eLearning module which covers modern slavery and human trafficking. It is to be a mandatory requirement for all new starters to complete this module and to maintain awareness and knowledge of modern slavery, colleagues will be required to refresh their learning every two years.

This statement has been approved by the Executive Board and is reviewed annually.

 

 

Gary Orr
Chief Executive

 

29 August 2019

 

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