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SUPC Joins Forces with Electronics Watch to Protect Supply Chain Workers

SUPC Joins Forces with Electronics Watch to Protect Supply Chain Workers

SUPC is pleased to announce its affiliation with the world-wide monitoring organisation Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch assists public sector buyers to meet their responsibility to protect the labour rights of workers in their global electronics supply chains more effectively, and less expensively, than any single public sector buyer could accomplish on its own. In SUPC’s role as a membership-based buying organisation for universities and further education colleges, it recognises the importance of vigilant protection of workers’ rights in supply chains. SUPC leads the procurement of servers and storage equipment as well as IT-related parts and accessories for UK higher education institutions and other members.
 
 
“SUPC is committed to acquiring goods and services for its members without causing harm to others,” said Susan Wright, Head of SUPC. “Affiliating to Electronics Watch is an important step forward, and will allow us to have eyes and ears on the ground in producer regions to ensure rights violations are detected and properly addressed.” SUPC will incorporate the Electronics Watch contract clauses in relevant framework agreements, as it has done with the Servers, Storage and Solutions National Agreement, and engage contractors to ensure compliance with labour rights and safety standards in their supply chains based on Electronics Watch monitoring. SUPC members, although not themselves affiliates of Electronics Watch, will learn about their own supply chains and contribute to improved conditions in electronics factories through SUPC’s engagement with the industry.
 
 
SUPC joins two other UK purchasing consortia, the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), as affiliates, demonstrating the sector’s strong commitment to social responsibility in global supply chains. APUC recently became the first consortia to affiliate on behalf of all its member institutions.