Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in the Global Supply Chain: Roles and Responsibilities of Public Buyers
Dec
8
8:30 AM08:30

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in the Global Supply Chain: Roles and Responsibilities of Public Buyers

The Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE), the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) and Electronics Watch are delighted to ask you to save a date for our next Greenwich Symposium on responsible public procurement. This Symposium follows two successful ones in 2014 and 2015 where we explored the challenges and opportunities for public buyers to make a difference in the lives of those producing the products we purchase. This year we will be focusing on Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in the Global Supply Chain. 

The nature of global supply chains and the international governance and regulatory gaps in today’s economy have important consequences for the human rights of workers, including the creation of enabling conditions for abuse of human rights, forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. This is true for private commercial activities and for public supply chains. Recently an important focus has been placed on the responsibilities of public buyers to identify, prevent, mitigate and remediate these abuses in their own supply chain, which for some public bodies includes having to report under the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015). This Symposium explores the roles and responsibilities of public buyers towards the human rights of those working in their supply chain and the challenges and opportunities for public procurement to become a transformative tool for the respect and protection of workers.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Second Workshop on Public Procurement and Human Rights

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Second Workshop of the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights holding at Geneva, Switzerland. The Workshop will bring together academics, civil society organizations, public procurement officers, government policy makers, national human rights institutions, and other stakeholders for an interactive discussion on integrating human rights into public procurement. For more details, please see the agenda available for download below.

Download the draft agenda here

The afternoon session will consist of 50 minute small group or "roundtable" discussions on specific topics related to human rights and public procurement, guided by individuals with relevant expertise. To give participants a chance to explore more than one topic, the roundtables will repeat once with a 10 minute break in between.

When registering for the event, please indicate which discussion you would like to be a part of for both the first and second roundtable sessions. More information on each session is provided in the agenda. There is also a space provided to suggest additional topics for a roundtable session. Please note, we cannot ensure that suggested topics will be included in the Workshop program.

Please contact Nicole Vander Meulen (ICAR) at Nicole@icar.ngo with any questions or click here to register

 

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Modern Slavery Act Training - London

Delivered by Dr Olga Martin-Ortega, this half day course will give an overview of the social and human rights risks in the supply chain of products procured by the higher education sector and the responsibilities of public buyers towards these chains. It will provide the international and national context and specific assessments of industry conditions. In particular it focuses on the new obligations under the Modern Slavery Act and will ensure that you not only understand your modern Slavery statement but also the requirements to develop this over time.

Attendance at this event will also contribute to your CIPS CPD hours - you will be able to claim 3.5 taught hours via the CIPS website.

Please note that this course is only open to BUFDG and HE purchasing consortia members

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Modern Slavery Act Training - London

Delivered by Dr Olga Martin-Ortega, this half day course will give an overview of the social and human rights risks in the supply chain of products procured by the higher education sector and the responsibilities of public buyers towards these chains. It will provide the international and national context and specific assessments of industry conditions. In particular it focuses on the new obligations under the Modern Slavery Act and will ensure that you not only understand your modern Slavery statement but also the requirements to develop this over time.

Attendance at this event will also contribute to your CIPS CPD hours - you will be able to claim 3.5 taught hours via the CIPS website.

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Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Modern Slavery Act Training - Leeds

Delivered by Dr Olga Martin-Ortega, this half day course will give an overview of the social and human rights risks in the supply chain of products procured by the higher education sector and the responsibilities of public buyers towards these chains. Attendance at this event will also contribute to your CIPS CPD hours - you will be able to claim 3.5 taught hours via the CIPS website.

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