UK government partners with CIPS
UK government has partnered with the Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) to ensure its supply chains are free from modern day slavery.
CIPS is one of the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation with a global community of over 200,000 people in 180 countries.
As part of the partnership, CIPS will offer its CIPS Ethical Procurement online training to the UK government on how to identify and report modern slavery. The announcement comes as part of the pan-Government policy – announced earlier this year – to ensure those who engage with commercial aspects of the government actively participate in efforts to drive more ethical practices across all government activity.
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“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,” says Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO at CIPS.
“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,” says Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, UK Cabinet Office. “Professionals must be equipped with the best possible training and guidance so they have the confidence to tackle the issue appropriately. I am pleased that the Government Commercial Function is working with CIPS to help tackle this crime.”
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