DHU is committed to combatting slavery and human trafficking. The following statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 setting out the steps DHU Healthcare CIC (‘DHU’) has undertaken and is continuing to take in creating effective systems and controls to safeguard against any modern slavery or human trafficking taking place within the business or supply chain.
DHU has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
DHU is a social enterprise, ‘not-for-profit’ community interest company providing clinical and administrative services to the National Health Services (‘NHS’) in England. The Company’s operations are solely in England.
The Company’s services supplied to the NHS are predominantly of a clinical nature. As such, DHU is a ‘people’ organisation. Company policy ensures that all employees, agency staff, contractors and suppliers are aligned to and adhere to the Company’s ethos of being a ‘caring organisation’.
To this end, due recognition of the risks to the Company and the services it supplies to the NHS are at the forefront of all Company procedures, not least in the area of safeguarding against human trafficking (anti-slavery) or individuals being forced to work against their will.
DHU operate a number of internal procedures to ensure that it is conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner, including those listed below:
- Recruitment & Selection Procedure: Includes conducting checks for eligibility to work in the UK for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking (anti-slavery) or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Freedom to Speak Up Procedure: Ensures all employees know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or concerns around practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Anti-Fraud, Bribery & Corruption Procedure: Ensures that business is conducted in an open, honest and ethical manner, details the Company’s commitment to the proper use of public funds and outlines roles and responsibilities for the prevention of fraud, bribery and corruption.
- Equality and Diversity for Staff Procedure: This document sets out the Company’s commitment to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality, encourages and values diversity, eliminates discrimination (including bullying, harassment and victimisation) and respects the rights and dignity of all employees and patients.
DHU expect employees, patients, visitors, suppliers and other stakeholders to treat people with dignity and respect.
The Company will know the effectiveness of the steps taken to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within the business or supply chain if, for example:
- Reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified
- The use of labour monitoring and payroll system
- The use of Freedom to Speak Up and/or grievance processes
- The system for supply chain verification including the level of communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chain
For DHU staff more information can be found on our intranet on modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour, advises regarding applicable legislation and provides signs to understand better when patients may potentially be a victim of modern slavery.