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, sex and ethnicity. 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.
The BHT Sussex policy is underpinned by our values of Inspiring Change; Empowering People; Collaboration; Delivering Excellence; and Being Accountable.
BHT Sussex has a zero-tolerance position on violations of The Modern Slavery Act 2015. BHT Sussex will not do business with organisations involved in, or suspected to be involved in human trafficking, slavery and forced or child labour. This includes where such activities are known to exist in their supply chains.
Through our services, not least the Immigration Legal Service and our frontline homelessness services, BHT Sussex will seek to represent and protect the victims and potential victims of human trafficking, slavery and forced or child labour.
If a BHT Sussex contractor, or their supply chain, is found to be in breach of The Modern Slavery Act 2015 BHT Sussex 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, which have an annual turnover of £36 million or more, to publish an annual Modern Slavery Statement. All the while that BHT Sussex has a lower turnover than £36 million, we will publish a statement on our website and elsewhere setting out our policy.
All incidents or suspicions of human trafficking, slavery and forced or child labour (with the exception of cases managed by BHT Sussex Advice Services where client confidentiality exists) will be reported to the Chief Executive. Consequently, the appropriate authorities will be alerted so that safeguarding, legal or other enforcement action might be taken.