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Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Statement

At Historic Environment Scotland, we are committed to ensuring that there is no form of modern slavery or human trafficking within our organisation or our supply chains.

We work to ensure there is no form of modern slavery, coerced labour or human trafficking within Historic Environment Scotland, our supply chains or amongst our grant recipients.

In line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, this statement constitutes our modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

It sets out an explanation of:

  • who we are as an organisation and what we do
  • where we believe our risks of slavery and human trafficking exist
  • how we currently manage those risks
  • what further steps we are taking to ensure we continue to manage those risks

About us

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body for the historic environment in Scotland.

Established in 2015, we’re an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body. We were established under the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 and are a registered charity (Scottish Charity number SC045925).

Our main office is at Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH, with local offices and depots throughout Scotland. 

Our responsibilities include:

Further information about the organisation can be found in the About Us section of our website or via our annual reports and accounts.

Our structure, activities and supply chains

We employ around 1400 staff, including seasonal employees who work during the summer at our visitor sites as Stewards, Guides and within Admission and Retail teams.

All potential new employees, regardless of contract status are required to go through our recruitment process, which includes essential checks on the right to live and work in the UK.

We buy a wide range of goods, services and construction supplies directly from Suppliers and Contractors. We also provide grant support within the heritage sector in Scotland.

We collaborate with other public bodies and use Framework contracts established by the Scottish Government and others.

The risks of modern slavery in our direct activities we believe are low, but we appreciate that there may be risks through the goods that we procure, which are linked to supply chains around the world.

Our policies and procedures

Our policies and procedures reflect our ambition to be a high-performing organisation, acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships.

We follow government best practice in our procurement and recruitment policies. This includes essential checks on the right to live and work within the UK, and we believe these policies and processes would identify trafficked or coerced individuals directly employed by us.

We work in partnership with our three recognised Trade Unions:

  • Unite the Union
  • PCS
  • Prospect

Our Partnership Agreement outlines our joint approach to the management of employment relations and reinforces the relationship between Management and Trade Union within the organisation.

Our commitment to anti-slavery builds upon our existing framework of ethical policies, including our procurement approach, incorporating:

  • Sustainability
  • Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Counter Fraud Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Corporate Health and Safety Policy
  • Anti-Bribery Commitment

We expect the same standards from all those we work with, including business partners, consultants, contractors, suppliers and third-party representatives working on our behalf. We’re committed to working with our suppliers to ensure that slavery and human trafficking risks are identified and managed proactively.

Our priorities for 2018-19

We believe that our policies and procedures help us to mitigate against the most significant slavery and human trafficking risks that we face.

However, we recognise that there are opportunities for us to improve and strengthen our existing controls.

In 2017-18, we established a Modern Slavery Working Group and this Group has identified a number of key priorities for 2018-19:

  • commissioning an external review of our approach to mitigating slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chains
  • review and revision of our supplier terms and conditions
  • training and awareness raising for relevant staff of modern slavery risks.


Alex Paterson
Chief Executive