Guidance Documents

In this section, we will be uploading useful documents to help with your responsible procurement. If you come across any useful guidance, which you think should be included on this page, please contact Marisol Bernal.

Marisol Bernal, LUPC's Responsible Procurement expert, shares her experience and lessons learnt following her work placement with the Procurement and Sustainability teams at the Natural History Museum.  Read her blog for some top tips she shares for members to embed responsible procurement practices in their organisations. 

Wages rates in public procurement contracts 

LUPC is proud to be a Living Wage employer. That means we have made a commitment to pay the independently-calculated Living Wage rates to all staff in London. 

We have developed a paper which explores the different wage options in the United Kingdom and considerations that should be made when procuring goods and services, from a wage rate perspective.  The paper sets out some questions you can ask regarding a supplier’s stance on paying the living wage and other practical considerations to help you in your procurement activities.

Wages rates in public procurement contracts

LUPC & SUPC Joint Responsible Procurement event

LUPC and SUPC held their joint Responsible Procurement event on 4 November. We had presentations from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the University of Bristol.  Read a summary of the event here and you can access the slides and recordings here

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) tender and call off questions

This document provides a set of questions that can be used at framework or call off level to further investigate potential suppliers' commitments and plans to manage their organisations and supply chains in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A sector wide commitment and an input from LUPC, SUPC, NEUPC and NWUPC, this standard set of questions will allow suppliers to report on what they have achieved so far, what they are commiting to do in the future and how this set of questions can help them to make positive changes to their organisations and demand better through their supply chains.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Tender and Call Off Questions

PREPARING A SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT: GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

This Guidance was created by the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE) and it aims to highlight useful insights and support those responsible for the preparation of their Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement but does not intend to provide a template or a “do this and you will be done with the Statement” guide. Statements should reflect the process of due diligence in your institution and the journey towards understanding your responsibility towards those who provide the products and services you procure.

Preparing a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement: Guidance for Higher Education

GUIDANCE: PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Andy Davies, former LUPC Director and leading specialist in Modern Slavery delivers a ‘Ted Talk’ on Public Procurement and Human Rights.

A guidance document on Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain has 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). 

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 University of Greenwich an LUPC member, 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.

PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE ELECTRONICS SUPPLY CHAINS THROUGH PUBLIC PROCUREMENT