GreenSquare Group Ltd. is a charitable housing association, operating in the UK and employing approximately 600 employees. It forms the holding entity of a group which includes the following subsidiaries:
GreenSquare develops affordable housing for rent, provides landlord and individual support and related services for people in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. We own or manages circa.12,000 properties. We aim to promote the highest standards in how we run our business and, in our employment, and procurement practices. We support the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.
We have an extensive supply chain of contractors, suppliers, and partners and procure goods and services predominantly within England. Some of our supplier’s subcontract work or rely on recruitment agencies to supply temporary or permanent staff.
By the nature of their businesses, some of our suppliers are potentially at higher risk of exposure to modern slavery than others, for example, maintenance, repairs and construction companies, cleaning and grounds maintenance contractors, security firms and specialist managing agents who provide support and/or care.
We require all our suppliers, delivery partners, organisations within our frameworks and other suppliers we engage with to ensure their goods, materials and labour-related supply chains fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and comply with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) statement.
Within GreenSquare, our recruitment and people management systems are designed to make sure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion once in our employment. They include:
Employees with any evidence of non-compliance with the Act, including any concerns about our supply chains or about any issues relating to the association’s residents should refer to the Safeguarding Policy and are encouraged to contact the Company Secretary (Compliance Officer), or to use our Whistleblowing Policy.
The requirements of the Act and this statement have been discussed at our Leadership Team meetings and our Board has approved the annual statement and provide oversight to our approach.
Articles have been published on our internal intranet and we have provided training to relevant members of staff, typically ‘front line’ staff working in our communities via Unseen.
We have reviewed our existing policies and procedures considering the Act:
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2020.
This statement has been approved by the GreenSquare Group Ltd Board in July 2019 and it will be reported on annually to the Board thereafter. The commercial subsidiaries, as separate legal entities will also receive this report.