Tulip has welcomed the new co-operative status granted to Bright Future, which provides support to victims of slavery.
The green light by the FCA (Finance Conduct Authority) to formally become an independent co-operative gives the organisation, of which Tulip is a founding member, more support to help survivors.
Tulip said the move would bring greater provision for survivors of modern slavery. Under the Bright Future scheme, victims are offered a four-week paid work placement leading to a non-competitive interview. If both elements are successful, the candidate will be offered a permanent job within the host business.
Eight survivors have already been given a chance to rebuild their lives by Tulip, with four still in permanent employment. It is envisaged that more people will secure placements through the programme thanks to this new structure.
Andy York, responsible sourcing manager at Tulip and a founding board member of Bright Future, said: “Tulip has been working to combat modern slavery for some time, but Bright Future is a real beacon of hope – giving survivors an opportunity to build a new life.
“This fresh move means the 24 businesses involved, and 28 supporting charities, will be able to harness all our innovation to help more victims in the future.”
Matt Dight, head of corporate social responsibility at Tulip, who leads on tackling modern day slavery and has been closely involved in the project, added: “At Tulip we’re committed to providing a workplace where people feel valued and part of a community. We are pleased the FSA has approved the setup of the co-operative and it means the Bright Future programme will grow from strength to strength – helping survivors build a future.
“Survivors who have already been through the Bright Future programme are now on the path of self-help and self-determination. We are excited to build on this partnership as we begin to open more and more doors to help victims of modern-day slavery.”
- If you think your organisation could provide safe work placements for survivors in other industries, please get in touch with: Bright Future Head of Development, Phill Clayton, on: [email protected].