LUPC launched a new corporate strategy, Reaching New Heights, in June 2015. It details how LUPC will continue our evolution from a collaborative, professional buying organisation into an engine for generating value for our Members. We will work closer with Members to understand and anticipate their requirements and offer a better service in supporting them in purchasing goods and commissioning services. More recently, two new services were also initiated to assist in delivering this objective: a consultancy and a shared procurement service.
Guidance Published For Public Procurement Practitioners on Protecting Human Rights in The Supply Chain
Andy Davies, LUPC Director and leading specialist in Modern Slavery delivers a ‘Ted Talk’ on Public Procurement and Human Rights.
The guidance document on Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain is published by CIPS Knowledge. Written specifically for public procurement practitioners, the guide offers encouragement for buyers, decision makers and opinion-formers to identify and understand the risks, develop appropriate mitigating actions and promote respect for human rights in public supply chains.
The guide sees a collaboration between CIPS and partners London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group at the University of Greenwich (BHRE) and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC).
Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
The Modern Slavery Act came into force in October 2015. In response, LUPC published its first Statement on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking in December 2015, setting out how the consortium will manage the risk of human rights abuses within its supply chains. The consortium has since published a second Statement in December 2016.
We want our Members to be confident about the suppliers they contract with under our framework agreements, so we've put together information about what we do to check suppliers' financial standing and what you need to do to to guard against supplier insolvency.
Responsible Procurement Policy and Strategy
Our Responsible Procurement Policy and Strategy has been drafted by our Responsible Procurement Advisory Group, made up of procurement managers, sustainability managers and students drawn from the Membership, and has been endorsed by the LUPC Board and Executive Committee. The Policy and Strategy will have a significantly positive sustainability, equality and diversity impact. Not only are they designed to support Members in achieving their Responsible Procurement aims, it will also help deliver LUPC’s goal “to become a leader in making ethical trading and sustainability available to our Members”.
Promoting Responsible Electronics Supply Chains through Public Procurement
Events involving well-known electronics brands highlighted the exploitative and unsafe conditions under which many workers in the supply chain operate. Dr Olga Martin-Ortega , Reader in Public International Law at LUPC member the University of Greenwich, and her team have produced a paper setting out how public purchasers can best introduce social considerations into the procurement process, helping to solve the conundrum many face working within the EU rules. The paper makes a number of recommendations for buyers, suppliers and policy makers.
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