The UK Government has announced new steps to ensure government supply chains are free from Modern Day Slavery with new guidance, an innovative assessment tool and a partnership with CIPS (The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) to offer online training on how to identify and report modern slavery.
The announcement is part of the pan-Government policy announced earlier this year to ensure those who are engaged in commercial aspects of government, including procurement, contract and supplier relationship management are able to actively participate in the continued drive for more ethical practice in all aspects of government commercial activity.
This CIPS ethical training forms part of the Government’s initiative of ensuring all procurement staff are skilled in all aspects of procurement and to drive commercial and procurement capability and best practice across the whole of Government and is recommended within the guidance as a source of best practice. CIPS is offering the CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply eLearning as both organisations and individuals strive for the highest standards of professionalism in the public sector; a significant strand of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government Commercial Function and CIPS in 2017.
The CIPS Ethical Procurement and Supply eLearning and online test continues to support anyone in the profession to build confidence in employers, suppliers and colleagues and includes over two hours of eLearning resources and is designed to give procurement professionals around the world the opportunity to demonstrate their absolute commitment to, and understanding of, how to act ethically in their organisations. The eLearning is designed to prevent:
- Modern Day Slavery
- Bribery and corruption
- Human rights abuses; and
- The impact of procurement and the environment.
Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS said, “We welcome this announcement and are pleased to continue our work with the Government on this issue of immense importance – our partnership underpins our commitment to ensure Modern Day Slavery is eradicated and we are proud of the role we have played in this initiative.”
Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office said:
“I am delighted to see the launch of this modern slavery policy and guide. It will help the public sector commercial teams identify and work towards eliminating modern slavery in our supply chains. It has been developed in consultation with experts from inside and outside government, so I hope that the tools in it will also be useful for the private sector. Tackling modern slavery is a shared endeavour, and one we must work on urgently.
“Professionals must be equipped with the best possible training and guidance so they have the confidence to tackle the issue appropriately. So I am pleased that the Government Commercial Function is working with CIPS to help tackle this crime.”
Trudy Salandiak; CIPS PR Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0) 1780 761576; 07554 400 731
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues. CIPS has a global community of over 200,000 in 180 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.