Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The partner organisations (gtd healthcare & LGBT foundation), which form Indigo Gender Service (Indigo) are committed to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms, and will not tolerate or condone the abuse of human rights.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking, which extends to all our business dealings and transactions. This statement sets out our commitment and actions taken to do our part to eradicate these abhorrent practices, as well as meet the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the California Transparency Act.
Structure, business and supply chains
We want all staff we employ or engage to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Recognising the important need to respond to the modern slavery crisis, we have also requested assurances from our suppliers to ensure that they too are aware of their responsibilities. Our patients and service users are a key priority and all of our teams are trained to an appropriate level in safeguarding for their role. This training, which must be completed at regular intervals includes material on identifying the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking among the people who use the services we run. We are working towards ensuring all staff receive training around dealing with those who may have been involved in modern slavery and human trafficking.
We are striving to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within any of our supply chain business partners and will not tolerate such activities. We believe that it is the responsibility of every employee to help ensure all of our activities meet our high standards for behaviour and business ethics, and establishes accountability for compliance with law and policy.
Indigo will promote the need for open dialogue about potential violations and concerns, and provide confidential reporting methods through the Director of Governance, the Chief Executive Officers of the partner organisations, and Caldicott Guardian. Where required, we have access to translation services.
We oppose the exploitation of workers through any form of forced or bonded labour, slavery, human trafficking or other labour practices that involve harsh or inhumane treatment. Therefore, we require our suppliers to comply with these principles and to share them with any subcontractors they may use.
With regard to our own practices/services, we set standards for a diverse workplace that provides a safe and healthy environment and complies with or exceeds local law. Partner organisations require effective programmes to be in place to help ensure compliance with labour laws involving migrant and foreign national workers.
Due diligence processes
We will review all business partners. These reviews include a check for either a compliance statement or adverse media, where modern slavery issues can and have been found. Terminating a contract relationship may not always be the most appropriate response based on circumstances, so substantive findings of adverse media about a business partner are handled on a case-by-case basis, according to the circumstances.
Effectiveness and performance indicators/monitoring
We recognise that the risks from modern-day slavery change, and as such our approach to preventing modern-day slavery will be reviewed annually by Indigo’s Board. This approach will monitor and review:
- effectiveness of risk assessment processes;
- staff training programmes;
- assessment programmes (where applicable);
- reporting and escalation processes.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by the Boards of gtd healthcare and LGBT Foundation.