In this section, you will find tools, resources and websites relevant to the sector, which will support you with your Responsible Procurement activity. If you come across any useful guidance which you think should be included on this page, please contact Marisol Bernal.
Responsible Procurement support for our members
Marisol Bernal, LUPC's Responsible Procurement expert, has carried out short work placements at our members' organisations, to help them with their responsible procurement practices. Marisol has worked with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Natural History Museum (NHM) and has shared 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.
Modern Slavery Statements
We would like to remind our members to review their current Modern Slavery Statements and make the appropriate amendments before the next publication. It is best practice to publish the statement within 6 months of the end of the financial year.
According to the International Labour Organisation, more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) requires commercial organisations, with an annual turnover of £36 million or more, to report each year on their efforts to identify, prevent and mitigate modern slavery in their supply chains.
For the LUPC membership – the vast majority need to comply.
As a reminder of the mandatory elements, all statements must:
- contain information on the efforts of your institution in the financial year
- be available from a link on a prominent place on your organisation homepage
- be approved by the highest level of governance
- be signed by someone at the most senior level in your institution
Based on the UK Government guidance, it is best practice that you:
- Publish your modern slavery statement at the bottom of the homepage or in a relevant menu on your website such as “About Us”. Visibility and easy access to the statement is a clear sign of transparency and confirms your reputation as an organisation that takes this seriously.
- Always include the date of approval and the financial year you are reporting.
- Ensure the statement is published within 6 months of the end of the financial year.
- Ensure you keep a statement for each previous financial year on your website. This is a live document that has to be updated every year and serves to detail the progress made by your organisation.
To read some excellent, clear guidance about how to write a modern slavery statement please see “Preparing a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement: Guidance for Higher Education” This is written with Higher Education providers in mind, however it is perfectly applicable to any organisation, giving a logical structure and the dos and don’ts of how to write a rigorous document.
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).
The HEPA Responsible Procurement Group Modern Slavery and Human Rights tools
The HEPA Responsible Procurement Group Modern Slavery & Human Rights sub-group* have produced a comprehensive guide listing resources related to modern slavery & human rights, including UK and international legislation, relevant international organisations, and guidance on modern slavery statements.
*Marisol Bernal, LUPC's Responsible Procurement Lead sits on this group
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 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.
Wages rates in public procurement contracts
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.
HEPA initiatives to reduce packaging in Higher Education Institutions
Over the last 12 months, members of the HEPA Responsible Procurement Group have developed a plan to provide resources and activities to support teams in reducing packaging, increasing recycled content and reducing deliveries. One of their initiatives was to re-develop the PROC-HE analysis tool to include packaging risk. You can access the plan here.
Responsible Procurement Assessment Tool
LUPC & SUPC have jointly produced a Responsible Procurement Assessment Tool, which should be used at the pre-tender stage, forming part of the tendering strategy where the risks and potential benefits of the framework/contract are considered. The Tool covers positive and negative environmental, economic and social impacts of the proposed tender.
UKUPC Responsible Procurement Network
The UKUPC Responsible Procurement Network reviews and promotes good responsible procurement practice across our combined membership, aiding our members to best practice within procurement operations. The group has developed the following resources:
We have put together a list of external resources and websites which are useful and relevant to the sector, to support you with your Responsible Procurement activity.
- ESG Today: www.esgtoday.com
- Eco-Business: www.eco-business.com
- ESG Clarity: www.esgclarity.com
- Climate Home News: www.climatechangenews.com
- Sustainable Brands: sustainablebrands.com
- GreenBiz: www.greenbiz.com
- Government documents and resources on modern slavery: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery
- Government Statement Registry: Add your Modern Slavery Statement here
- BHRE guidance: Preparing a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement: Guidance for Higher Education:
- Respect International: https://respect.international/
- Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) list of goods produced by child or forced labour: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Higher Education work: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/universities
- European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform https://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/
- Circle Economy https://www.circle-economy.com/
- Network for Business Sustainability (NBS): https://www.nbs.net
- IFC Climate Business & ESG Sustainability: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/ifc-sustainability-/
- International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD): www.iisd.org
- Ceres: https://www.ceres.org/
- Project Drawdown: https://drawdown.org/
- Resources and Waste Strategy for England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england
- Plastic Packaging tax: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-plastic-packaging-tax/plastic-packaging-tax
- UK Plastics Pact: www.wrap.org.uk
- Packaging waste: producer responsibilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/packaging-producer-responsibilities
- WEEE regulations: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/regulations-waste-electrical-and-electronic-equipment
- UK Social Value Model: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/940826/Social-Value-Model-Edn-1.1-3-Dec-20.pdf
- Sustainable Procurement, the Government Buying Standards: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sustainable-procurement-the-government-buying-standards-gbs