LUPC has today (9 December 2016) publicly committed to tackling slavery and human rights abuses in its supply chains, by publishing its first Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.
The Statement, the first from a UK public service purchasing consortium, is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the new Modern Slavery Act 2015, and inform LUPC Members, suppliers and the wider public about LUPC’s policy towards modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and labour rights violations in its supply chains. It will also help Members prepare their own Statements.
Although the Consortium’s own turnover is well below the threshold for businesses required to publish a statement under the Act, LUPC is committed to improving transparency in its supply chains and acquiring goods and services for its Members without causing harm to others.
LUPC’s statement sets out how the Consortium will work with vendors in supply chains that are higher risk for human rights violations, such as IT, security services and office supplies, to encourage more suppliers to commit to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code .
LUPC Director Andy Davies says:“LUPC is committed to ensuring slavery and human trafficking have no place in our supply agreements, or across wider global supply chains. By publishing this statement on behalf of our members, we are sending a message to suppliers that monitoring and improving labour conditions in their supply chains is a priority.”
Dr Olga-Martin Ortega, LUPC Board Member and head of the University of Greenwich’s Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE)Group says:
“LUPC’s initiative is a very important step towards a wider goal of combatting human rights violations in the supply chain. It demonstrates that the Consortium takes its social responsibilities seriously and is a pioneer within the sector. I believe that even companies that are not legally required to submit the Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will want to follow LUPC’s example”.
Members, especially colleagues involved in corporate governance, are welcome to use LUPC's Statement as a basis for their own institutional statements. As members of LUPC, we fully support this policy.
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