UKOS views ethical procurement as our responsibility to ensure that every worker in our supply chain is respected and protected. Ethical procurement is about having confidence that the products and services we offer have not been made at the expense of workers in global supply chains enjoying their rights. It encompasses a breadth of international labour rights such as working hours, health and safety, freedom of association and wages.
We offer over 2,000 environmental products carefully selected for their environmental credentials. The UKOS catalogue includes many products with sustainability credentials, to choose these products look out for the symbols shown.
AUDITED BY IMPERIAL COLLEGE
Imperial College London has audited the UKOS upstream supply chain, specifically focusing on the ethical standards of our suppliers. The audit was tasked to identify the source of products and materials supplied to UKOS, identify ethical issues, map risks across the supply chain, identify potential hotspots and establish a scoring system for assessing supplier’s reliability in managing ethical risks.
ETHICAL & SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT
We fully support our clients in the identification, mitigation and transfer of supply chain risk. Our approach provides clarity around risk needs, certainty around the benefits and costs of risk control and risk transfer options, and comfort knowing that controls and coverages will be managed.
Our team assesses our client’s supply chain risk exposure and reviews all relevant controls and coverages. We work with clients to move from assessment to go-forward strategy, shaping a plan that meets their cost-benefit objectives in managing supply chain risk. We also use project management techniques to ensure that defined risk management strategies are implemented effectively.
ISO 20400 – SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT
UKOS are working towards ISO 20400 (Sustainable Procurement). Our commitment to this standard is a tangible signal that we continue to prioritise sustainable procurement as integral to our day-to-day operations.