With local government third party expenditure totalling around £60 billion a year (revenue alone), procurement clearly has a major contribution to make.
Examples of procurement, commissioning and category cycles
LGA and NAG are developing, in partnership with CIPS and others, a syndicated ‘Corporate Award' for formal procurement training.
The LGA, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy programme, is pleased to offer this fully subsidised two-day training course for elected members. Aimed at leaders, portfolio holders and chairs of scrutiny, these sessions will help councillors explore ways to improve the commissioning activity of their councils through political leadership.
Modern Slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. The term ‘Modern Slavery' captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with a turnover of £36 million to publish an annual statement of the steps the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place:
- in any of its supply chains, and
- in any part of its own business, or
- a statement that the organisation has taken no such steps.
London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), in collaboration with our partner consortium APUC and the University of Greenwich, has developed an eLearning suite on Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain, developed especially for public procurement practitioners. Users will learn why protecting human rights in the supply chain is important to the public sector, how to assess and prioritise risks, monitoring supply chains, responding to abuses and measuring and reporting effectiveness.
There’s also a module on compiling your annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement under the Modern Slavery Act. The suite was written by Dr Olga Martin-Ortega, Reader in Public International Law and leader of the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group at the University of Greenwich and LUPC Director, Andy Davies FCIPS. You can access the eLearning suite, for free, by registering here.
‘Public Procurement and Human Rights’
The LGA invited Andy Davies, Director at the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) and a leading specialist in Modern Slavery to deliver a ‘Ted Talk’ on Public Procurement and Human Rights. The presentation highlights the extent and global effect of modern slavery and human trafficking, outlines ways of spotting and dealing with modern slavery and also gives practical advice on mapping supply chains, identifying and taking steps to mitigate risk in high spend categories.
CIPS have produced a guide which aims to encourage public procurement practitioners and decision-makers to understand why promoting respect for human rights in public supply chains is important; develop a strategic approach to human rights due diligence; identify practical steps that can be taken to help mitigate the risk of human rights abuses in supply chains and to work in collaboration with other organisations in order to increase knowledge and promote good practice.