(The BHT Board recently agreed the following statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking)
Modern slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world. It is a growing global issue that transcends age, gender and ethnicities. It includes victims who have been brought from overseas and vulnerable people in the UK, who are forced to illegally work against their will across many different sectors such as agriculture, hospitality, construction, retail and manufacturing.
Our policy is underpinned by our values of Inspiring Change; Empowering People; Collaboration; Delivering Excellence; and Being Accountable.
BHT has a zero-tolerance position on violations of anti-human trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. We will not knowingly do any business with organisations involved in, or suspected to be involved in slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour. This includes such activities known to exist in their supply chains.
Through our services, not least the Immigration Legal Service and our frontline homelessness services, BHT will seek to represent and protect the victims and potential victims of slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour.
If we find breaches of these laws amongst any of our contractors or in their supply chain, we will terminate any contract with them, and will as far as possible build such provision into any agreements with them.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations supplying goods or services with a turnover of above £36 million to prepare and publish an annual ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’. All the while that BHT has a lower turnover than £36 million, we will publish a statement on our website and elsewhere setting out our policy.
All actual incidents or suspicions regarding slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour (with the exception of cases being managed by BHT’s advice and legal services where client confidentiality exists) will be reported to the Chief Executive at the earliest opportunity and we will alert the appropriate authorities so that safeguarding, legal or other enforcement action might be taken.