Modern slavery - Avenues Group

Modern Slavery Statement

Avenues Group is committed to excluding the existence or prospect of modern day slavery within the whole Group and that of its supply chain. Avenues 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.

Avenues structure, business and supply chains

Avenues provides a range of health and social care services to people with disabilities in residential care homes, home care services and support and social groups. The Group is formed of four registered charities structured as a companies limited by guarantee (without share capital) and one Co-operative and Community Benefit Society.  All are governed by board members and professional directorate teams. Avenues’ supply chain is comprised of the external businesses that provide the products and services it purchases, including care workers, cleaners and other equipment and services.

Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

Avenues does not support or knowingly deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.

Due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in Avenues’ business and supply chains

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

Higher risk areas in Avenues’ 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 Avenues Supplier Code of Conduct.

Effectiveness and capacity building

The Board of Trustees, Directors and senior management are responsible for assessing Avenues’ 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. Avenues’ 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.

This statement will be reviewed annually within six months of the financial year end which is October 2o20.

This statement is approved by Jo Land, Deputy Group Chief Executive, on behalf of the Avenues Group.

6 May 2020