Purchasing Consortia Approaches to Modern Slavery Purchasing Consortia Approaches to Modern Slavery

The University has a Modern Slavery Act Statement available within the Procurement Policies and Strategy webpages.

The University uses frameworks established by a number of purchasing consortia. The Procurement Team has contacted the most used consortia to assess their approach to monitoring suppliers for modern slavery and ethics issues. The table below sets out the actions being undertaken.

Purchasing Consortium Name

Type of Frameworks Provided

Approach to Modern Slavery

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)

https://www.thecpc.ac.uk/

Various

The CPC Helpdesk have been collecting and reviewing the statements from the largest suppliers on their frameworks (those with a turnover of £36m or above who are subject to the Modern Slavery Act). The aim of this exercise is to ensure these companies have procedures in place to risk assess and evaluate their own supply chains to minimise the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking occurring.

When new frameworks are tendered CPC have introduced an evaluation of bidders’ modern slavery elimination practices when they are tendering for new frameworks. This approach should ensure that any future frameworks have this due diligence process embedded into them as standard.   

Crown Commercial Services (CCS)

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/crown-commercial-service

Various

CCS have produced a new standard Selection Questionnaire with criteria that specifically addresses Modern Slavery. This is now a mandatory document for use across the public sector on procurements above the EU Procurement threshold. 

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO)

https://www.espo.org/Home

Various

ESPO have a statement compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  The statement sets out the actions they are and will take to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.  A copy is held on file in the Procurement Team.

North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC)

http://www.nwupc.ac.uk/

Various

NWUPC have a modern slavery statement, they utilise the NetPositive tool to ensure suppliers are meeting their obligations and their contracting arrangements comply with relevant legislation.

Scape

http://www.scapegroup.co.uk/

Construction

During the procurement process Scape seek assurances that bidders fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act, see sample question below:

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Provide a statement of the steps the Suppli8er has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of its business or in any supply chain members?

Provide details of the compliance and procedures you have in place with details specifically relating to obligations stated in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. If possible supply details of the analysis you have performed in relation to your supply chain or any part of your business to show adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

Scape’s framework agreement sets obligations for ongoing MS Act compliance. See below:

WI.4 Modern Slavery Act

WI.4.1 The Contractor undertakes, warrants and represents that:WI.4.1.1 neither the Contractor nor any of its employees, agents or sub-contractors has:

(1) committed an offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (a “MSA Offence”); or

(2) been notified that it is subject to an investigation relating to an alleged MSA Offence or prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015; or

(3) is aware of any circumstances within its supply chain that could give rise to an investigation relating to an alleged MSA Offence or prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015;

WI.4.1.2 it shall comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act Policy

WI.4.1.3 it shall notify Scape and the Project Manager immediately in writing if it becomes aware or has reason to believe that it, or any of its employees, agents or sub-contractors have breached or potentially breached any of the Contractor’s obligations under this Clause WI.4.1. Such notice shall set out full details of the circumstances concerning the breach or potential breach of the Contractor’s obligations under this Clause WI.4.1.

WI.4.2 For the avoidance of doubt, the requirements of clause WI.4.1 are deemed to be obligations of the Contractor under any Delivery Agreement to which this Works Information applies. Failure to comply with the requirements of clause WI.4.1 shall therefore be deemed to be a substantial failure to comply with such obligations and/or the requirements of any Delivery Agreements affected by such failure.

WI.4.3 For the avoidance of doubt, the requirement(s) within any Delivery Agreement, that sub-contracts incorporate such obligations to ensure that they are in all respects compatible to the terms of the contract, shall include the requirements of clause WI.4.1.

Finally, the Groups Corporate Social Responsibility Statement incorporates a statement that the Group and its subsidiaries must ensure/maintain compliance with the MS Act.

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)

http://www.supc.ac.uk/

Various

SUPC have a Modern Slavery Statement, this sets out the actions they will take.

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO)

http://www.tuco.ac.uk/

Catering

TUCO has a Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement which can be found on the Sustainability page of the TUCO website. http://www.tuco.ac.uk/

TUCO ask the following questions in the Selection Questionnaire (formerly PQQ)

Has your organisation been convicted of any offence under section 2 or section 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

TUCO Ltd is committed to working with Suppliers who will strive to ensure that throughout the term of this contract, every aspect of the behaviours and principles specified by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is maintained, supported, and promoted by the Supplier. Please indicate below your acceptance of this.

TUCO Ltd has achieved Flexible Framework Level 4. All TUCO procurement staff have completed CIPS Sustainability training.

TUCO use Net Positive. This tool is available free of charge to our suppliers, who use it to establish where they are now with Sustainability and put a plan in place to improve. We monitor this as part of the annual review meetings for each Framework.