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LUPC's Senior Contracts Manager Mike Kilner has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch, a new independent organisation that aims to monitor working conditions in the global electronics industry to enable socially responsible public purchasing across Europe.
Electronics Watch, which aims to be up and running by mid-2015, will act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of public sector organisations on the ground in regions where their ICT products are made.
Mike joined LUPC in 2001 and manages LUPC’s ICT category, with responsibility for tendering and contract management of the National Desktops and Notebooks Agreement (NDNA), one of the largest frameworks in the sector with spend reaching £96m nationally this year. His previous professional roles include Senior IT Buyer for a leading PC and Notebook system-builder, and Procurement Manager in international break-fix company Fujitsu ICL.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of working with my fellow trustee members and assisting Electronics Watch on its journey to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry" says Mike.
LUPC became involved with Electronics Watch earlier this year, after committing to become a Founding Member of the organisation in April
The electronics industry is one of the fastest growing global industries with an expected yearly growth of 7% between 2013-2015. However, poor working conditions and labour rights abuses are commonplace in many parts of the developing the world, where the majority of ICT products are made.
Local governments and universities in Europe are large-scale consumers of electronics products. Together, public buyers have considerable buying power; if they join forces, they can create significant leverage to influence structural improvement in the industry.
LUPC Director Andy Davies says:
“This is a very important social issue for LUPC and our Members. LUPC leads the £100m pa national framework agreement for desktop PCs and notebooks, the largest in the UK HE sector, so collaboratively we have the power and influence to make a real difference.
“I’m delighted that Electronics Watch will benefit from Mike’s knowledge and expertise of the IT supply-chain and current manufacturing practices. This appointment can only strengthen the commitment of LUPC, and our Members, to monitor and improve working conditions across our global IT supply chains.”