AMP Capital has received CAF 3 Star Standard certification for Angel Place in Sydney.
AMP Capital is a founding contributor to the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF). CAF certification consists of both an audit and a process of worker verification with cleaners on-site.
Through the certification process, the CAF assessment identifies indicators of modern slavery and prescribes appropriate investigation and remediation to mitigate the risk of modern slavery.
Angel Place, located at 123 Pitt Street, Sydney, is the second building AMP Capital has nominated for certification.
Chris Nunn, AMP Capital’s head of sustainability and platform operations for real estate, said CAF certification ensures contractors are meeting statutory requirements, providing a great opportunity for every organisation that contributes to the supply chain, to work towards a common goal of ending practices of modern slavery.
Poonam Datar, CAF CEO, said owners are critical in terms of driving responsible business practices from the very top of the supply chain.
“Not only does it ensure a sustainable price of them provision of the service or goods, it also demonstrates to the supplier that they have an ally when it comes to responsible business practices – their client is sharing rather than shifting the burden.
“Additionally, procurers of cleaning services have significant power to determine the working conditions of cleaners. The dual aim of CAF certification is to uncover exploitative working conditions and implement best practice employment practices and supply chain conduct.”
Through the audit and worker engagement process, which included cleaners and representatives from the United Workers Union (UWU), CAF assessed the contractor’s, Dimeo Cleaning Services, compliance with domestic workplace relations legislation and workplace health and safety laws.
Where weaknesses in policies, procedures and implementation were identified, CAF worked with Dimeo to implement improvements, which will mitigate the risk of worker exploitation.
James Webber, Dimeo CFO, said the company was delighted to have played a part in supporting AMP Capital in achieving CAF certification at Angel Place.
“Dimeo has always been committed to best practice employment practices and listening to our staff, our clients and other key stakeholders”.
Through ongoing compliance mechanisms and regular building manager check-ins with the CAF representative, a cleaner nominated by their colleagues, the property management team at AMP Capital will retain oversight of ongoing compliance with labour standards at Angel Place.
Nunn said Angel Place receiving a CAF 3 Star Standard rating provides assurance to investors and the building’s tenant-customers that cleaning services are being procured, managed, and delivered in a manner that foregrounds respect for cleaners’ labour rights.
“CAF certification is one part of our ESG strategy and our commitment to modern slavery reporting obligations.”
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