What are the consequences?


Every day we see and hear more and more stories of how our modern way of living is impacting the planet. It has become apparent that the so called Generation Z are passionate about sustainability and its impact on people and the planet, and are committed to making work and lifestyle adjustments to make changes for good. They have a voice and are making it heard around the world organising marches and protests. Finally governments are really taking notice and world leaders are getting together to discuss this global problem. Procurement can really lead the way in this fight and by working in partnership with suppliers we can demand better governance of procurement with the goal of creating an environment intolerant to criminal conduct, such as any form of modern slavery, corruption or bribery, and minimising or eradicating harmful environmental and social impacts. We must ensure that labour conditions for workers in our supply chains are improved and human rights are safe-guarded. The bigger picture is to ensure a better result for all, including business returns for the buyers, suppliers and workers. Commercial benefits often helps with a case for change. 

The UK government is using guidance developed by CIPS to help tackle the risk of modern slavery in public procurement supply chains

Malcolm Harrison, group CEO, CIPS, said: “We are pleased to continue our work with the government on this issue of immense importance. Ethics in the supply chain and modern slavery, as one of the most heinous of crimes in our modern society, must have more focus.”

CIPS Guidance

Sustainable and ethical procurement

Supply Management Articles of Interest

The plastic problem

Conflict minerals

Modern slavery

Rhana Plaza call for justice

Dye company gets shut down for turning dogs blue

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