As required by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), the following statement outlines what action we have taken to prevent modern slavery from arising in our business or supply chains.
This statement applies to Catalyst Housing Ltd. (Catalyst), and its subsidiaries.
As a registered provider of social housing, Catalyst Housing Ltd provides over 32,000 homes in London and the home counties.
We are landlords with a strong sense of social purpose, driven by our long history of acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. Our work is focused on the welfare of our customers, and we work with multiple agencies to identify and support vulnerable residents. We also aim to be a great place to work for all of our colleagues.
We are committed to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, particularly in areas of operation which pose a higher risk, such as construction and cleaning services. We have a number of supply chains across our business to help build, manage, and maintain our homes and we require our suppliers and contractors to comply with the Act in order to work with us.
Our policies and procedures help identify cases of modern slavery among our supply-chain, our business and our communities. Our current approach includes:
Our safeguarding policy and procedures provide measures to identify abuse or neglect, including modern slavery and human trafficking. They set out how to report incidents and refer cases to the appropriate authorities where required.
We visit all our tenants on a rolling basis as part of our tenancy audit programme. During these visits, we check for signs of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as any other welfare concerns which the tenants or members of their households may have. Where we have concerns, we use the information gained through the tenancy audit in line with our wider safeguarding approach. This may include another visit without notice, legal action and / or referral to appropriate authorities.
We have updated this approach through our revised Anti-bribery, Fraud and Corruption Policy.
We support anyone working for us directly, or indirectly through a supplier, who raises any concerns about actual or suspected criminal offences, including modern slavery or human trafficking.
In the last year, we have updated our Whistleblowing Policy and Procedures to improve their effectiveness and make it easier for anyone with concerns to provide us with information, with confidence that we will take it seriously and treat it confidentially.
We also have a Code of Conduct in place which requires colleagues and board and committee members to report any concerns about the abuse of vulnerable people.
We treat all our colleagues fairly and equally.
We have a comprehensive programme of compliance training for colleagues which explains our Code of Conduct and how to report any behaviour which does not meet our standards. Our safeguarding training is delivered to our customer-facing colleagues and includes information on how to spot signs of modern slavery and human trafficking when visiting our residents in their homes and on our estates.
Our suppliers are required to comply with relevant legislation and regulation, to follow our policies, and to understand the needs of the vulnerable people we work with.
Since the last statement, we have built on this by:
We are conducting a thorough review of all:
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