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Strategic report | Corporate responsibility
Corporate responsibility
During the year, as an articulation
of Annington’s historic and ongoing
support of Armed Forces personnel,
the Group formalised its commitment
by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Group’s pledges include a range
of financial incentives to Service and
ex-Service personnel wishing to buy
or rent an Annington property, taking
into account each individual’s length of
service. Furthermore, as an organisation
with a commitment to charitable giving,
Annington pledged to:
This year has seen significant progress
in Annington’s Corporate Responsibility
programme, particularly for its charitable
activities. In May 2018, a significant
increase in the overall charitable budget
from £200,000 to £500,000 per year was
approved by the Board and the General
Partner. An additional, one-off budget
of £440,000 over 4 years to support
the “Eyes On, Hands On” project
with the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission (CWGC) was also approved;
this is notable for being the first time the
CWGC has partnered with a corporate
continue to support Service personnel
and their families living in Services’
communities and ex-service personnel
in the community;
provide for the recreation and general
needs of members of the Services
who live in Services’ communities
and in particular for the improvement
of the recreational facilities in the
interests of social welfare and with
the object of improving conditions for
such families;
provide support for activities and
organisations with a connection to the
Armed Forces; and
maintain a close relationship with the
Services by engaging representatives
from the Forces’ Federations.
With budget certainty in place and
Annington’s existing charitable giving
obligations with Reading Force, Bag
Books, The Connection at St-Martin-inthe-Fields, Blind Veterans UK and the
Ripple Pond reaching the end of their
three year commitments, a review of
Annington’s charitable objectives was
undertaken in consultation with its staff.
The outcome of this review was that
several new charities were identified.
These charities were selected on the
basis that their objectives aligned with
Annington’s goal of making an impact
with its charitable giving and reflect
Annington’s corporate values. Along with
the Group’s commitment to the CWGC,
Annington has commenced working
Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) –
a national charity supporting the Armed
Forces, people with disabilities and the
unemployed. It aims to improve lives by
inspiring those they help and supporting
them to find work and lead independent
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The Silver Line – a free confidential
helpline providing information,
friendship and advice to older people,
open 24 hours a day, every day of
the year.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers – aims to
provide relief from the effects of
bereavement to young people suffering
the loss of a parent serving with the
British Armed Forces.
FirstLight Trust – a charity for veterans,
veterans-to-be and those going through
transition. It supports former members
of the Armed Forces and Emergency
Services so that they and their families
get the help they need.
The Winch – a local charity based
in Camden which aims to help each
child succeed, regardless of their
circumstances, by giving them the
opportunities and support they need.
TOTS (Turn on the Subtitles) – a
partnership with the National Literacy
Trust that aims to encourage all
broadcasters of children’s programming
to make same language subtitles the
default in order to decrease rates
of illiteracy.
In addition to cash donations, which
in 2019 totalled £535,517
(2018: £197,650), the Group allows each
employee to take up to three days paid
leave to undertake volunteering work.
This statement is made pursuant to
Part 6 of the 2015 Modern Slavery
Act (‘the Act’) and sets out the steps
Annington Limited (‘the Company’) and
its subsidiaries have taken to ensure
that slavery and human trafficking is not
taking place in its supply chains or in any
part of the business.
Modern slavery is a term used to
encompass slavery, servitude, forced and
compulsory labour, bonded and child
labour and human trafficking. Victims are
coerced, deceived and forced against
their free will into providing work or
services. Human trafficking is where a
person arranges or facilitates the travel
of another person with a view to that
person being exploited. Modern slavery
is a crime and a violation of fundamental
human rights.
Annington conducts an annual review
of its business and operations including
risks associated with modern slavery.
This work identified that Annington
remains a low risk business but that the
areas of highest risk exists around its
contracting activities and the possible
use of slave / trafficked labour on site
or within the Company’s supply chain.
When considering the risks associated
with the various areas of the business,
the Company’s established policies
covering Slavery and Human Trafficking,
Whistle-Blowing, Supplier Code of
Conduct and Sustainable Procurement
form the backbone of the review.
Within Annington’s core refurbishment
and new build operations, the scale
of work carried out each year varies
considerably due to two factors. Firstly,
the numbers of sites and homes returned
to Annington by the MoD and secondly,
the condition in which they are handed
back. In order to manage this and the
fact that the release of properties to
Annington is entirely at the discretion
of the MoD, Annington has determined
that the most effective and efficient
method of procuring the refurbishment
work is to outsource it to pre-selected
contractors and suppliers. The year April
2018 to March 2019 saw the MoD hand
a significant number of properties back
to Annington.
During the year Annington ensured
that it remained compliant with
the legislation by ensuring all new
contractors completed the prequalification questionnaire which covers
modern slavery legislation and that
all engaged contractors certify that
they have the relevant policies and
procedures in place and that they will
abide by the Annington Supplier Code
of Conduct.
Annington continues to raise awareness
of slavery and trafficking issues amongst
its staff and contractors through training.
Training on slavery and human trafficking
for all staff is delivered as part of the
Company’s annual training programme,
so that they can understand the risks
involved and know how to make the
organisation aware of issues so they can
be addressed.
Annington will continue to monitor
and assess its performance in this area
through the following measures:
Engagement with contractors to raise
awareness of the Modern Slavery Act
and the Group’s Supplier Code of
Conduct. This is done continuously
through pre-commencement
meetings with contractors to ensure
they are aware of our policies and are
abiding by their own policies.
Continuing to focus on the supplier
due diligence process to ensure that
the Group engages appropriately with
any new suppliers and contractors.
Annington strictly prohibits the use of
modern slavery and human trafficking
in its operations and supply chain
and is committed to implementing
systems and controls and delivering
training aimed at ensuring that modern
slavery is not taking place anywhere
within its organisation or in any of its
supply chains. The Property Director
has responsibility for ensuring that the
contractors and suppliers used in the
refurbishment of properties comply with
the Group’s policies, including its Slavery
and Human Trafficking policy. The
Commercial Director has responsibility
to the Annington board for oversight of
the Act across the Group.
This statement represents Annington’s
statement in accordance with Section 54
of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the
financial year 1 April 2018 to 31 March
2019 and has been approved by the
Board of Directors.
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