Modern day slavery is a global problem which is estimated to be worth some US $32 billion per year.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act brings together legislation relating to trafficking and slavery – which includes servitude and forced labour) is relevant to organisations that supply goods and services and have a minimum total turnover (global) of £36million per year.

Under the above Act all large companies such as ours are required to provide a statement on our position with regard to modern slavery and what we are doing as an organisation to prevent it happening.

United Response acknowledges the provisions of the Act and in this statement confirms that due to its structure, regulation, and robust processes, that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains or in any part of its own business.

United Response is a Charity and private limited company providing care and support to vulnerable people in the UK. As such it is regulated by Companies House and the Charity Commission. At the apex of the company are its trustees who oversee its governance procedures and delegate responsibilities to subordinate committees and the Chief Executive Officer.

The CEO is supported by the Executive Management Team and ongoing delegations of authority are allocated in accordance with the Schedule of Delegated Authorities. The governance structure and performance are further strengthened by the Standing Financial Instructions.

United Response does not carry out work outside of the UK, nor does it seek to procure employees, supplies or services from outside the EU. Its supply chains are procured in accordance with the Scheme of Reservation and Delegation and overseen by the Director of Finance and Purchasing Manager.

United Response is governed by UK Law. It also operates a whistleblowing process whereby staff can blow the whistle if they have concerns over slavery and trafficking and staff can seek advice from senior officers should they have any concerns.

In view of the various checks and balances, the robust procurement mechanism, the whistleblowing process, and also the nature of the work undertaken, United Response believes that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the company or its supply chains.