London South Bank University signs up to ethical supply chains

20 December 2016

London South Bank University (LSBU) has become the latest UK university to join a scheme that helps ensure the electronics they purchase are not produced using sweatshop labour. 

LSBU is the 10th UK university to become affiliated with Electronics Watch, an independent labour monitoring organisation that enables major public sector bodies to use their market influence to effect change in their supply chains.

A student campaign, Sweatshop Free, run by campaigning organisation People & Planet, has been lobbying decision makers at universities to take action on sweatshops by affiliating to Electronics Watch. 

Chris Jarvis, Sweatshop Free campaign coordinator at People & Planet, said: “London South Bank University have shown themselves to be part of a pioneering group of higher education institutions which are committing to ending sweatshop labour in their supply chains.

“It’s fantastic to see so many UK universities leading the way on ethical procurement.”

Pat Bailey, deputy vice chancellor at LSBU said: “We would like to see all UK universities following the group’s example and rolling out ethical procurement.”

Electronics Watch was founded in 2013 and since then 22 public sector bodies in the UK, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands and the USA have signed up to its services. 

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