Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking

Modern slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour and human trafficking. 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.

Headland Archaeology is committed to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or any other part of our business.

Headland does not have a large supply chain as we offer services and do not develop products.  As a result our supply chain is largely made up of archaeological subcontractors and suppliers of equipment directly related to our daily activities both on-site and in the office.  Our supply chains include sub-contractors, suppliers, and professional services providers.

Direct Employees

All employees of Headland are required to provide valid proof of right to work in line with the guidance document list provided by the government.

Subcontracted labour

We only subcontract from organisations accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA), to ensure high standards across all areas, including employment: including ensuring neither slavery nor human trafficking is taking place.  All subcontractors are required to complete a supplier audit form and we will only use suppliers that conform to certain standards.


Headland sources all supplies for carrying out our work onsite, as well as office supplies, from local UK suppliers and SMEs. We will only trade with those who fully comply with this policy or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.  Should any suppliers be identified that may fall into a high-risk category for slavery and/or human trafficking, we would request to see evidence of the steps they are taking.


Headland’s Managing Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy.  All hiring managers are made aware of issues surrounding human trafficking and rights to work within the UK. Ultimate responsibility lies with the Headland Board.

We also encourage our staff to report any suspicions they may have regarding slavery or human trafficking within our supply chain to their direct manager who will escalate if appropriate.  We also have a Whistleblowing Policy which we review on a regular basis, to ensure protection for any staff concerns.


To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff when applicable. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.

 Breaches of Policy

We will assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis and will then tailor remedial action appropriately.