Equiano

EQUIANO: Risk Assessment Tool for Human Rights Abuses in Supply Chains

Equiano is LUPC’s risk assessment and supplier engagement tool designed to gather information to help identify risk of human rights abuses in public supply chains. The tool was developed in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) and under the supervision of the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE) at the University of Greenwich as a response to the increasing pressure on public authorities to purchase goods and services responsibly.

The project was developed in partnership between the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE), University of Greenwich and LUPC, and part founded by the Local Government Association (LGA) as a response to the increasing pressure on public authorities to purchase goods and services responsibly. It combines the research-based knowledge and expertise on human rights in supply chains of BHRE and the experience of LUPC interaction with suppliers. The project was developed in partnership between the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE), University of Greenwich and LUPC, and part founded by the Local Government Association (LGA) as a response to the increasing pressure on public authorities to purchase goods and services responsibly. It combines the research-based knowledge and expertise on human rights in supply chains of BHRE and the experience of LUPC interaction with suppliers.

Equiano had its pilot project in 2018 and it is in process of integration with Sustain, a supplier assessment tool developed by Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC).

The institutions and local authorities which took part in Equiano pilot were: Institute of Cancer Research, Goldsmiths University of London, Cardiff University, Swansea University, Birmingham City Council, Telford & Wrekin Council as well as LUPC.

Equiano is a 2019 Finalist in the Green Gown Awards. The Green Gown Awards represent over 1 million students and 162,000 staff leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society.

The University of Greenwich - LUPC partnership has been shortlisted in the research with impact institution category for their EQUIANO – human rights risk assessment tool.