Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20

NHSPS fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking. This is our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2020:

Organisation structure and supply chains

NHS Property Services Limited is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our internal policies replicate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

Our procurement approach follows good practices, which includes a mandatory exclusion question regarding the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

When procuring goods and services, we expect our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. For all capital and construction appointments (including consultants) we have a mandatory requirement for them to be Constructionline registered, which is a government accredited process and covers modern slavery.

Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues or people receiving our services are being treated, or about practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

Due diligence processes

We operate a robust recruitment process; confirming the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we ask all potential or new suppliers to provide information about modern slavery, their approach and compliance with this legislation.

We have a zero-tolerance attitude to slavery and human trafficking. We encourage staff and members to speak up and have assigned the responsibilities of the Raising Concerns Guardian to the Company Secretary.

Key performance indicators to measure effectiveness of steps being taken

We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the steps we are taking to ensure that slavery and/ or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

We will annually review the statement and any related policies to ensure they remain fit for purpose and in line with current legislation and best practice.

Training on modern slavery and trafficking

Through our whistleblowing policy, our staff and members are encouraged to identify and report any suspicions or potential breaches of our antislavery and human trafficking policy. We are looking at ways to continuously increase awareness within our organisation, and to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks involved with modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business.

Responsibility

The Board has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.

This statement is made pursuant to s54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that NHS

Property Services has taken to prevent the occurrence of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business or supply chain.

This statement was approved by the Board on 26 November 2020 and signed for, and on behalf, of the Board by:

Martin Steele
Chief Executive Officer
26 November 2020

Registered Address: NHS Property Services Limited, NHS Property Services, Regent House, Heaton Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 1BS.  

Company Registration Number: 07888110