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LUPC - a member of Procurement England Ltd.
LUPC launched a new corporate strategy, Reaching New Heights, in June 2015. It sets out how we'll continue our evolution from a collaborative, professional buying organisation into an engine for generating value for our members.
We'll work ever more closely with members to understand and anticipate their requirements and offer a better service to support them in purchasing goods and commissioning services.
We'll also introduce two new services to deliver that objective: a consultancy service and a shared procurement service.
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).
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 you to be confident about the suppliers you 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.
LUPC and our members also have a strong commitment to sustainability in all our tenders and agreements. The consortium is signed up to the Sustainability Strategy of Procurement England Ltd (PEL), the body comprising LUPC, NEUPC, NWUPC and SUPC that provides a collaborative procurement and contract management service for the higher and further education institutions in England.
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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