In April 2021 Accord Housing Association merged with GreenSquare Group t/a GreenSquareAccord and this statement combines activities of legacy organisations and subsidiary companies.
Accord Housing Association and GreenSquare Group are registered social housing providers of housing, regeneration, Care & Support and commercial services across the West Midlands, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and surrounding areas with a combined portfolio of approximately 23,000 properties and are regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH).
The supply chains of both organisations are extensive, operating predominantly within the UK. Some suppliers subcontract work or utilise 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 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. All new and existing suppliers are asked to confirm compliance with the principles of modern slavery and are required to provide a copy of their Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. GreenSquareAccord will be undertaking a full review of procurement practices to ensure these standards are maintained.
Our recruitment and people management procedures ensure all prospective colleagues are legally entitled to work in the UK and recruitment procedures are managed by an experienced and qualified in-house Human Resources Team who ensure robust pre-employment checks are conducted. These checks include proof of eligibility to work in the UK, employment references, and DBS checks. We only engage with reputable recruitment agencies who are required to demonstrate a commitment to anti-slavery policies and procedures.
There is a commitment to helping adults and children to live their lives free of abuse, harm, and intimidation. Our safeguarding policies cover modern slavery (encompassing slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude) and set out the robust practices which should be followed and the responsibilities of employees in preventing the abuse/mistreatment of adults and children we work with.
During 2021-22 we will continue to ensure we understand the potential risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in delivering our services and managing our supply chain and commit to provide training to members of staff.
GreenSquareAccord Group Chair