Modern Slavery Statement

Our business, Independence Homes is committed to combatting slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains, and we make this statement to assist with compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement relates to the financial year ending 31st March 2019. As our business has a turnover of less than £36 million, we do not have a legal obligation to produce a modern slavery statement. However:

  • We agree that exploitation within all supply chains ending in the UK is a blight on our society, and we are committed to playing our part in eliminating exploitation;
  • We understand that customers with obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 cannot comply with those duties without our cooperation.

To that end, we confirm that we have examined our own business and, to the extent that it is reasonably practicable, businesses within our supply chain and we confirm the following:

  1. We confirm that within our own business, no relevant offence relating to slavery or human tracking has been committed.
  2. We have made enquiries of businesses that supply directly to us and we are confident that no relevant offence is committed in that business.
  3. Insofar as it was reasonably practicable, we have examined our supply chains and confirm that we found no evidence of slavery or human trafficking

Further details about our business and supply chain are provided below.

Our business provides support and care for vulnerable adults within registered and domiciliary care settings.

Our business structure
We employ 350 employees over 16 different locations including our Head Office function. The company is overseen by a Managing Director whom 4 managers report to, with the rest of the employees in the business reporting to those managers via various means. We operate in the UK only.

Suppliers
Our supply chains include procurement of agency staff, clinical consumables, facilities maintenance, utilities and waste management. Where it is reasonably practicable, we ensure that businesses in our supply chain have made a similar statement relating to slavery and human trafficking.

For UK based suppliers, they pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate) and to ensure that within their own supply chains, where UK based suppliers have overseas supply chains, that their employees pay is consistent with their national minimum wage requirements, working conditions are safe and fair, there is no child labour and working hours are not excessive.

We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.

We understand that certain industry sectors and geographical regions entail greater risk of exploitation than others. We do not believe that our supply chain is in one of those sectors.

The person in our business responsible for assessing matters relating to slavery and human trafficking is: Andrea Kinkade, Managing Director.

We also encourage all employees to report on any matters relating to slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains of which they become aware.