Higher education frameworks put emphasis on slavery

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
28 October 2016

A higher education purchasing consortium has set up two framework agreements under which suppliers must produce modern slavery due diligence reports.

The frameworks, set up by London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), cover cleaning and security services, areas identified by LUPC as having a high risk of slavery.

“The report must highlight the main areas, countries and suppliers at risk and the steps to be taken to mitigate such risks at short, medium and long-term intervals,” said LUPC.

“Suppliers must update the report annually for the duration of the contract.”

In addition, suppliers must draft a Modern Slavery Action Plan and nominate a person to work with LUPC in its creation and implementation.

LUPC director Andy Davies said: “At LUPC we don’t just aim to uncover human rights abuses. Neither do we admonish suppliers. Instead, we actively encourage supplier transparency and are committed to working with suppliers to address human rights issues when these are found in supply chains affecting our members.

“Indeed, we’ve already seen successes in enacting real change to worker conditions in the global IT supply chain through our involvement with Electronics Watch, and we’re hoping to do the same with these two new agreements for cleaning and security services.”

In 2015 LUPC became the first consortium to make a slavery statement in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act.

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