Human Trafficking - Position Statement
The Heathcotes Group is a provider of specialist residential services for adults and children with learning disabilities, mental health issues, personality disorders and associated challenging behaviours. Human Trafficking is the modern form of slavery and the fastest-growing international crime, affecting many industries worldwide.
In 2005 the International Labour Organization estimated that human trafficking is the third-largest illicit moneymaking venture in the world, after drug dealing and the arms trade, generating about $32 billion annually. According to UNICEF, 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, exposing them to violence and sexual exploitation. As a business, we recognize that we have a responsibility to both our own organisation and the wider sector, to help play a role in increasing awareness and prevention, both directly and through the supply chain.
As leaders in the industry, we support the Guiding Principles outlined in the UN‟s “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights by taking a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking within our spheres of influence.
To demonstrate our absolute commitment we are:
- Developing a corporate strategy for an anti-trafficking policy, which will permeate all activities, including supplier codes of conduct, and clear procedures for reporting any suspected incidences.
- Contributing to the prevention of human trafficking, through awareness training and engagement of our employees.
- Developing and sharing best practice.
Brendan Kelly/Mikkel Togsverd – Managing Directors (July 2018)