LUPC has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Procurement Team category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016.
The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (affectionately known as the THELMAs) showcase and celebrate the best examples of innovation, teamwork and enterprise within the higher education sector.
LUPC’s entry focuses on our leadership in the area of sustainable and ethical procurement, notably our lobbying for contract clauses to protect labour rights in electronics supply chains; our success in achieving Level 4 of the Sustainable Procurement Flexible Framework; publication of our Slavery & Human Trafficking statement; and our collaboration with the University of Greenwich’s Business, Human Rights & the Environment Research Group led by LUPC Board Member Dr Olga Martin-Ortega.
LUPC faces competition in this category from five other universities, including the University of Cambridge and University of Leicester.
LUPC Director, Andy Davies, said: “This is a great achievement for LUPC, and an important opportunity to raise the profile of ethical procurement across the sector through these prestigious awards.
“As a smaller outfit, we’re facing stiff competition in this category from well-established universities, but we hope that our shortlisting will propel the issue of labour rights within supply chains further up the sector’s agenda, and spread the message that ‘good’ procurement is about much more than saving money.”
The awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Thursday 23 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.