The Places for People Group operates across the UK through a
number of operating subsidiaries. We are one of the largest
property and leisure management, development and regeneration
businesses in the UK. We own or manage more than 150,000 homes and
116 leisure centres and have assets in excess of £3.1 billion. We
provide our services through the efforts of more than 11,000 staff
in the UK.
Our services are delivered through 20 principal companies
although we arrange our activities so that clients, customers and
staff regard all parts of the Group as a single business.
The Group has noted the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act
2015 (the "Act"). This statement is made on behalf of the Group
parent, Places for People Group Limited, and the Group as a whole.
Those of our subsidiaries that are required to make their own
statement under the Act have adopted this statement.
Our core businesses
We operate across the whole of the property value chain from
initial procurement of sites, through planning and project
management to the delivery of high quality places with supporting
infrastructure and strong management.
We deliver services to a range of stakeholders including
tenants, landlords, housebuyers, local authorities, investment fund
managers and leisure centre users.
Our supply chain
Our large and diverse Group structure is reflected in the
breadth and complexity of our UK supply chain that has more than 2
000 thousand established members. We engage with a wide variety of
organisations for a broad range of goods and services - primarily
corporate, construction and property related, but also some more
Our supply chain members are diverse not only in the goods and
services they provide, but also in the size and structure of their
organisations - from the very small to multi-national institutions.
We encourage smaller businesses to apply to join our supply chain
in order to promote local business initiatives in the UK.
Our policies to resist modern slavery and human
We have reviewed our existing policies and procedures in
light of the Act. We are confident that our policies promote good
behaviour among our colleagues at work and within our supply chain.
Our policies and procedures are kept under review to make sure that
they reflect the changing shape of the Group and of the needs of
the people and markets it serves in the UK.
In our own businesses
Among the policies that we consider give us strength in avoiding
modern slavery or human trafficking under the Act in our businesses
- Code of Conduct & Confidentiality;
- Dignity at Work Policy;
- Equality & Diversity Policy;
- Fraud Policy;
- Gifts, Hospitality & Personal Interest Policy;
- Recruitment Policy;
- Right to Work Policy;
- Second Employment Policy;
- Wellbeing Policy; and
- Whistleblowing Policy.
During the year, we amended our whistleblowing policy to draw
attention to the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking and to
stress that a report of concern in relation to those matters can be
made under the protection of the whistleblowing policy.
In our supply chain
We are determined that there shall be no modern slavery or human
trafficking in our supply chain. Our Supply
Chain Code of Conduct and Sustainable
Procurement Policies evidence our commitment to act ethically
and with integrity throughout our business relationships. The code
and the policies are kept under review to make sure that they
reflect the changing shape of the Group and of the needs of the
people and markets it serves in the UK.
We are strengthening the relationship with our supply chain
members through the introduction of enhanced enterprise resource
systems. We will hold better information about more suppliers and
we will be better able to apply centralised standards across the
Our code has been revised and re-issued during the year to
reflect the requirements of the Act. We have published it to our
supply chain members through our on-line channels to ensure that
all suppliers are aware of our expectations.
We have contracts with supply chain members and in many cases
those contracts are for several years' duration. We have introduced
a contractual requirement for suppliers that they do not engage in
any activity that is contrary to the Act. Where a contract has been
renewed during the year or any new contract has been entered into,
that contract term has been applied. Over time, we will achieve the
inclusion of the contractual requirement in all supplier
Training and continuing vigilance
We have discussed the Act, its purpose and the Group's attitude
to it at a Group board meeting. We have alerted our senior managers
to it and challenged them to continue to consider where the risk of
modern slavery or human trafficking may arise in their parts of the
Group's businesses. We have provided guidance to our procurement
team members on the need to avoid those risks and on possible
indicators of them in the supply chain. We will continue to enhance
the assurances we seek from supply chain members as to their
avoidance of modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement has been approved by the Group board of directors
and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act