Annual Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

About Mount Green

Mount Green is a Registered Provider of social housing to over 2,000 residents across the County of Surrey. We have around 1,450 homes and work in partnership with local authorities, organisations and residents to create safe, sustainable communities. We are a Community Benefit Society and are
registered with the Homes & Communities Agency, the Social Housing Regulator.

Mount Green employs over 40 staff and procures contracts for the provision of goods and services to the value of approximately £7million each year. Due to the nature of Mount Green’s business, we work with a wide range of suppliers and partners, some of whom may sub-contract work, employ  emporary staff directly or rely on recruitment agencies to supply both temporary and permanent staff.

he Modern Slavery Act 2015

In March 2015, the Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to tackle slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking in England and Wales. This introduced an obligation for certain organisations to produce an annual statement of the measures taken to ensure there was no modern slavery (including human trafficking) in their own businesses or supply chains. This statement summarises Mount Green’s response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the activities to be taken in response.

Activities

Our Residents

  • At sign up, we will continue to carry out photo identification checks for all new residents moving into one of our properties so we are confident we
    know who we are housing;
  • Neighbourhood Managers will visit 20% of Mount Green’s properties each year to undertake a tenancy audit and check who lives in the
    property against the tenancy agreement;
  • We will make our residents aware of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 through publication of this Statement on our website;
  • When tenancy fraud is suspected, we will carry out a thorough investigation;
  • Mount Green has a Safeguarding Policy and procedure in place which assists Neighbourhood and Scheme Managers in identifying, monitoring
    and supporting vulnerable customers, including the links in place with external agencies.

Our Staff

  • All staff joining Mount Green are asked to confirm they have the  appropriate permissions to work and provide proof of their identify so we
    know who will be working for us;
  • We will brief all staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to increase their awareness and understanding of what to do if they suspect a case of
    slavery or human trafficking;
  • We will ensure that our customer-facing staff who visit residents in their homes are trained to identify signs of exploitation and understand how
    such instances should be reported;
  • Our Whistleblowing and Safeguarding Policies will be updated to reference the Modern Slavery Act 2015 so staff understand the links;
  • We will remind staff that the Whistleblowing Policy is a mechanism to raise concerns about poor working practices in confidence;
  • From 1 April 2016, all staff will be paid the National Living Wage as a minimum.

Our Partners

  • We will not procure any goods and services directly from any countries which are at a high risk of modern slavery or exploitation;
  • We will identify and contact suppliers in potentially higher risk categories to check what assurance arrangements they have in place to work
    towards eradicating modern slavery in the supply chain;
  • We will contact suppliers from whom we regularly and continually, directly procure goods, services and/or works requesting their
    confirmation that they adhere to the principles of the Act;
  • We will contact our current suppliers who provide us with temporary staff to understand the actions they are taking to comply with the Act;
  • Our Procurement Strategy will be revised to include reference to modern slavery and human trafficking;
  • We will add clauses to our standard third-party contract and purchase order terms and conditions to reference the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • Since 2008, we have been subject to the European Public Contracts Directive which governs good practice in procurement.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and constitutes Mount Green’s Slavery and Human Trafficking
statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 as approved by the Board on 9 November 2016.