Supplier and contractor responsibility
This year we were delighted to begin working with Coram and its Young Citizens programme for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, by offering work experience and career advice to those wishing to explore different career options within the real estate sector. Working with The Fostering Network, we are currently in the process of joining their Fostering Friendly employers’ scheme, which includes initiatives such as additional annual leave for foster carers to accommodate appropriate training, social worker visits and other fostering-related activities. We continue to offer our occupier led charitable matched giving initiative, which supports occupiers within our portfolio in their local community-based fundraising efforts. Occupiers are invited to apply for a matched giving donation programme of up to £100 per year for a registered UK charity.
However, we recognise that there are certain activities within the real estate sector that are more susceptible to modern slavery risks, including construction and maintenance. New supplier terms now incorporate additional clauses reflecting the perceived level of risk. We are also using our supplier due diligence questionnaire for new suppliers.
We are committed to conducting our business in a fair and honest manner and ensuring our suppliers operate in an ethical way and share our business principles in observing relevant laws and regulations. We seek to maintain productive and long-term relationships with our business partners. We have in place a Supplier Code of Conduct. This is designed to promote safe and fair working conditions and the responsible management of social, ethical and environmental issues in our supply chain. This year we have developed our approach to supplier responsibility and particularly the issue of modern slavery within our supply chain. We have assessed the level of risk in our supplier base of exposure to modern slavery and human trafficking as low, as the vast majority of our suppliers are based in the UK.
We value our long-standing partnership with Coram and supporting its Young Citizen programme is an integral part of our community, social value and charitable giving commitment. Coram’s work to support young trainers such as Aymen with their future progression is important in providing opportunities for all and empowering young people, particularly those from migrant or refugee backgrounds. Mark Alder Head of Occupier Services
Picton Property Income Limited Annual Report 2023
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