Ethical Procurement

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How content are you with the GLA's policies in this area? Is there a GLA family-wide set of policies?


Answer for Ethical Procurement

Answer for Ethical Procurement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

I am content with the GLA's policies in this area. 'Ethical Sourcing Practices' is one of the seven themes of the GLA Group Responsible Procurement Policy which can be found at:

This requires the functional bodies to seek to work with suppliers who address the issues of human rights practices and labour conditions in their supply chains.

The GLA Group is considered one of the leading bodies in implementing ethical sourcing practices within public sector procurement in the UK. TfL was the first public sector organisation to join the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and it chairs the ETI Public Sector Ethical Sourcing Working Group, of which the London Fire Brigade and the MPS are also members. A case study on the ethical procurement of uniforms for the London 2012 Ambassadors was recently published on the GLA website. The GLA Responsible Procurement team is regularly contacted for information on best practice in this area by local and national Government organisations within the UK and internationally.

The GLA Group is also a member of Sedex, the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange (the first public sector organisation to join), to facilitate analysing risk and monitoring labour conditions in specific supply chains.