Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019

Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Jewish Care is committed to eliminating the existence or prospect of modern day slavery and human trafficking within its own business and that of its supply chain. Jewish Care acknowledges that it has an obligation to make a slavery and human trafficking statement, setting out the steps it is taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any of its supply chains, or in its own business under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Our policies reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls, to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Modern slavery prevention is considered as part of a broader human rights agenda within the business, including corporate action to promote worker protections, unionisation, individuals’ access to broader civil rights, and community development.

1. Jewish Care’s structure, business and supply chains

Jewish Care provides a range of health and social care services to the Jewish community in the UK, such as residential care homes, dementia and disability services, Holocaust survivor and refugee programmes, home care services and support and social groups. The organisation is a registered charity, structured as a company limited by guarantee (without share capital) whose financial year ends on 31st March and governed by lay leadership board members, expert groups and professional directorate teams. Jewish Care’s supply chain is comprised of the external businesses that provide the products and services it purchases, including purveyors of fresh products, and other equipment and services.

The Charity has in excess of 1300 staff and 3000 volunteers.

This policy applies equally to Jewish Care’s trading arm, Community Trading Limited and all linked charities.

2. Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

Jewish Care does not support, or knowingly deal with, any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.

3. Due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in Jewish Care’s business and supply chains

As part of the Charity’s due diligence processes into slavery and human trafficking, the supplier approval process will incorporate a review of the controls undertaken by the supplier.

The Charity has imbedded respect for human rights and zero tolerance of modern slavery across the business; considered any identified risks of modern slavery; committed to monitor and evaluate measures in place; and to communicate and report on modern slavery.

We have in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers.

 4. Higher risk areas in Jewish Care’s supply chain and business

Imported produce from sources from outside the UK and EU are potentially more at risk for slavery/human trafficking issues. The level of management control required for these sources will be continually monitored, in accordance with Jewish Care’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

5. Effectiveness and capacity building

The Board of Trustees, Directors and senior management are responsible for assessing and bolstering Jewish Care’s effectiveness, in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in its business or supply chains. They do so by providing adequate resources, training and investment. Jewish Care’s performance is measured annually/each year, members of staff responsible for procurement are required to complete courses with respect to modern slavery capacity building and reporting/etc.

6. Training on modern slavery and trafficking issues

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff.

Jewish Care commits to providing such training as is appropriate, including:

  • Specific training sessions on modern slavery, including awareness-raising of the signs of modern slavery and information on how to raise complaints within the company.
  • Training of all relevant decision-makers within the company on risks, policies and standards related to modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.

Daniel Carmel-Brown, CEO

April 2019