Ideal Carehomes Ltd together with any group companies (“we” “us” “our”) are committed to tackling slavery and human trafficking wherever we can.
This statement, relating to the financial year ending 31 March 2018, is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and outlines the steps we have taken as an organisation to assess our operations and supply chains and mitigate any risk of slavery and human trafficking.
We employ around 1100 employees for the operation of residential care homes for the elderly and people with dementia.
Our supply chains are principally UK based although diverse and vary in terms of categories and supplier engagement. Though we recognise that our level of influence varies across our broad supply chain, we’re committed to understanding and mitigating risks across all categories.
We encourage employees to notify management using the whistleblowing policy regarding any concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains at the earliest possible stage.
If there is uncertainty about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, this should also be raised with management or through HR.
We also operate an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy. As part of our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act, we will review our existing policies during 2019 to identify and fill any gaps in terms of human rights standards, ethics, conduct and supplier engagement, alongside developing further policies around Anti-Slavery and Group Purchasing Policy.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our organisation or in any of our supply chains.
We expect the same high standards from all of our suppliers and contractors. As part of our due diligence process we contacted all of our suppliers throughout the group and asked them to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We expect each entity in the supply chain to, at least, adopt ‘one-up’ due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us (and every other participant in the chain) to have a direct relationship with all links in the supply chain, ultimately to the primary source of production.
In 2019 we will develop a risk assessment process to help us identify those aspects of our business that are of greatest risk of inadvertently facilitating modern slavery.
In our 2018 financial year, we didn’t identify any instances of modern slavery in our operations or supply chain, though we acknowledge this doesn’t mean we can guarantee it doesn’t exist. We are committed to addressing any issues we find.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to relevant members of staff, and all Directors are kept fully briefed.
This statement has been approved by the board of directors of Ideal Carehomes Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Last Updated 29/03/19