The organisation’s structure, its business and its supply chains

Learning is at the heart of our organisation, as spelt out in the Charity’s Constitutional Object: ‘To advance the education of the public in the history of Dorchester and the surrounding area especially but not exclusively by the acquisition and management of the Shire Hall Dorchester for the provision of a visitor centre and associated charitable activities’.

Our mission is to make Shire Hall into a place that engages visitors with the history of justice and injustice in Dorset. It inspires people to make a difference to society, politics, and justice for all.

The organisation’s policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within our supply chains or any part of our business. The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and modern trafficking in its operations:

  • Whistleblowing policy
  • Employee code of conduct
  • Supplier/procurement] code of conduct
  • Recruitment/ policy


The organisation’s due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking and in its business and supply chains

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our business and supply chains, the organisation undertakes due diligence when taking on new suppliers and regularly reviews its existing ones. This includes mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;

  • evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier
  • reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
  • conducting supplier audits or assessments through which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified;
  • creating an annual risk profile for each supplier;
  • taking steps to improve substandard suppliers’ practices, including providing advice to suppliers through and requiring them to implement action plans
  • participating in collaborative initiatives focused on human rights in general, and slavery and human trafficking in particular “Ethical trading” ;
  • using [details of ethical supplier database], where suppliers can be checked for their labour standards, compliance in general, and modern slavery and human trafficking in particular; and
  • invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship.


The organisation’s effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against relevant performance indicators

Shire Hall Museum has reviewed its key performance indicators (KPIs) and as a result, the organisation is;

  • requiring [all staff/staff working in supply chain managers/HR professionals] to have completed training on modern slavery by the end of 2022];
  • reviewing its existing supply chains by the end of 2022, whereby the organisation evaluates all existing suppliers.


The training about slavery and human trafficking available to the organisation’s staff

As a result of Shire Hall Museum’s review of its effectiveness of identifying and reducing the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains, the organisation requires all staff, staff working in supply chain managers/HR professionals to complete the following mandatory training