Leading global excellence in procurement and supply

January 01, 1970 by Mark Dunn

An introduction for procurement professionals

A report, co-authored by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and Walk Free, outlines in 5 steps how procurement professionals can begin to make a real difference in their business and in society.

The increase in global sourcing opportunities has highlighted some serious issues in procurement practices, in particular the occurrence in the supply chain, unwittingly or otherwise, of modern slavery. From every perspective – reputational, financial and ethical – this is not acceptable in the 21st century. Business most often comes into contact with modern slavery where there are complex global supply chains. One of the most important challenges for procurement professionals is therefore to ensure that their supply chains do not unwittingly involve exploitative labour, and that they are as far as possible ‘slavery proof.’

Whatever sector or global region you work in, this guide will help you to understand the issues and know where to go for assistance so that you can begin to make a real difference in your business and in society. This guide provided by CIPS addresses simple steps for procurement teams to address modern slavery in supply chains.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is incorporated under Royal Charter in the UK and is also a registered educational charity. Its purpose is to promote the highest standards of professional procurement among individuals and organisations, in all sectors and in all regions of the world, for the benefit of society. CIPS provides guidance, education and training on all aspects of procurement ethics. www.cips.org

LexisNexis is committed to combating human trafficking through various initiatives including; direct financial support, legal and technical advice to organisations working in the field to eradicate the illegal trade wherever it exists. Another initiative is the LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ data model that highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. The Index uses the respected Nexis® service to track and analyse the volume of articles related to human trafficking. Using a licensed collection of almost 6,000 of the most influential news sources from more than 120 countries, the HTA Index highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. Activists working to combat human trafficking can use this information to highlight and raise awareness to inform their efforts and gain greater understanding of the news.

handbookHuman Trafficking Handbook - Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK
This handbook from LexisNexis will not only contribute to a better understanding of the challenges presented by human trafficking but it will become 'an indispensable resource for all concerned with combating this pernicious trade.' (Sir Nicolas Bratza, European Court of Human Rights).