IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING RISK IN OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
We procure goods and services of the qualifying value through the APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Ltd Framework. APUC requires all suppliers to adopt their Supply Chain Code of Conduct, which confirms that it does not use forced, involuntary or underage labour, provides suitable working conditions and treats employees fairly.
Scottish Government Sustainable Public Procurement Prioritisation Tool
We use the Sustainable Public Procurement Prioritisation Tool which supports organisations to consider the social, environmental and economic of future purchases.
Modern Slavery Compliance Statement
New suppliers are required to sign up to our Modern Slavery Compliance Statement, setting out their commitment to eradicating modern slavery. The Statement was developed by the Procurement and Legal Services Teams and introduced in the last financial year. It is included in all invitations to tender, new supplier forms and non-competitive actions.
In October 2022, the Procurement Team selected a sample of our existing suppliers and assessed their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. Suppliers were identified through the Spikes Cavell Annual Spend Report and their Modern Slavery Statements were reviewed against the ‘Modern Slavery Checker’ created by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. This Checker helps organisation to ensure that their suppliers are taking the necessary steps to make their supply chain more transparent. A similar review will take place on an annual basis.
We are a member of Electronics Watch, an organisation that works to ensure good working conditions in factories producing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) goods bought by public sector members across Europe.
Our Catering and Events Team are committed to sustainable procurement and working with ethical suppliers. To help to achieve this aim, the Team conduct their procurement through TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation) Ltd. Through the TUCO framework, the University has recently introduced new suppliers, who align with our values, into the catering outlets on our campuses.
All coffee sold in UWS’ catering outlets is fair trade and purchased through Coffee Conscience who source ethical produce and support community initiatives globally.