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 31 March 2018. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies to explain on an annual basis the steps taken to prevent acts of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in their businesses and supply chains.
Established in 2004, The Partnership of East London Cooperatives is a Social Enterprise delivering healthcare services to the areas of East London and West Essex.
Whilst we are exempt from reporting, we feel that as a responsible employer it is important that we describe the efforts that we take.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and will undertake appropriate due diligence to identify and assess potential risk areas and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring.
Policies & Training
Our Whistleblowing Policy is communicated throughout our organisation regularly, and is used as the basis for our employees to be able to detect and prevent acts of modern slavery. This policy is also now part of our corporate induction process for new employees.
Our suppliers and supply chains
We buy products and services from a small core group of suppliers. We buy a range of goods and services, including IT and telephony services, medical consumables, furniture and stationery, electronics (computers, audio visual etc), food and catering supplies, travel services, books, printing and waste and recycling services and do so in accordance with public procurement law.
Raising concerns and dealing with issues
An important element in any due diligence programme is the ability of workers and others to raise concerns about abuses of labour rights, non-compliances and other issues. We know that effective workplace communication, and strong management and grievance procedures are key to making sure workers’ complaints are addressed.
Health and Safety Policy
We recognise the importance of managing the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, and of controlling the level of safety and health risk to which our employees, suppliers, customers and visitors are exposed. We are committed to ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation and standards to which our businesses are subject and we actively work with our suppliers and contractors to ensure they adopt good industry practice wherever they are based.
The organisation encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.