GLA Computers - Supply Chain

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent report produced by 'GoodElectronics' showed that students as young as fifteen in China are being forced to work 12 hour days for months by their teachers, the government and local electronics companies, in order to graduate from school. The report traced the servers that they were making right back to major suppliers of the UK public sector, including Dell, Lenovo and HP. Will the Mayor look into whether any computers used in the GLA Group have been made by forced child or student labour, and check that procurement policies are adequate for this purpose?


Answer for GLA Computers - Supply Chain

Answer for GLA Computers - Supply Chain

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have noted the content of the report and the subsequent reported action by Dell and HP to suspend the use of interns in Chinese factories. Relevant contract managers across the GLA Group will be made aware of the issue. 

Through its Responsible Procurement policy the GLA Group is committed to ensuring its suppliers source products ethically.  TfL (who provide the procurement service to the GLA) have recently included new terms and conditions in its contracts enabling the termination of a contract if International Labour Organisation Conventions are breached by suppliers or their supply chains. TfL are currently considering the case to affiliate to Electronics Watch to support its ethical sourcing policy.