Joint Committee on Human Rights submission

Sep 02, 2016

LUPC has submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Human Rights and Business, chaired by Harriet Harman MP. 

The Inquiry is looking into what steps the government takes to monitor compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, and how it can enforce these. It is also investigating what progress UK business has made in carrying out its responsibility to respect human rights, by means of the National Action Plan published in 2013 and revised in May 2016; and whether victims of human rights abuse involving UK businesses have access to effective remedy.

LUPC is supportive of efforts by the government to tackle human rights abuses within UK business, particularly through public procurement. The consortium is already promoting ethical procurement practices within the higher education and wider non-profit sector through its own work; for example, by becoming the first UK public sector consortium to publish a Modern Slavery Statement in December 2015, and becoming a founding member of Electronics Watch, a monitoring organisation that addresses human rights abuses in the global electronics supply chain.

LUPC has also made five simple recommendations to the Inquiry which it feels will bring the UK into closer alignment with the UN Guiding Principles (particularly UNGP6, which concerns public procurement).

These include encouraging the government to develop a capability in due diligence and risk assessment among public procurement practitioners as part of their standard skill-set; and passing necessary legislation to require public sector procurement, as well as companies, to address the Transparency in the Supply Chain clause of the Modern Slavery Act.


Read LUPC’s full submission to the Inquiry


Read more about the government Inquiry

Read LUPC’s Strategies, Policies and Statements on ethical procurement

For more information, contact Andy Davies, LUPC Director, tel: 020 7307 2767.

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