This Ethical Procurement for Health (EPH) Workbook aims to provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities.
It also aims to build awareness of labour standards risks in modern supply chains serving the health sector, so that these can be addressed proactively and constructively.
- Provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities
- Demonstrate that ethical trade is compatible with public contracting policy and regulation.
- Encourage a culture of due diligence, continuous improvement and supplier partnership that adequately prioritises and resources ethical procurement.
- Address the misperception that ethical trade is incompatible with public procurement law and/or value for money requirements.
Version 2.0 key changes in update
Alongside general updates of content, key revisions in the EPH Workbook 2.0 from the first version include:
- An update of the EPH Flexible Framework
- Consideration of the UK Public Contract Regulations 2015
- Reference to the Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS)
The workbook helps procurers consider labour standards throughout the procurement and market engagement processes. It aims to build awareness and understanding of labour standards in supply chains among procurers, so that labour standards concerns can be identified early and addressed proactively and constructively.
Note: A first version was published in 2011. But, following changes in legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act, and in international guidance on addressing human rights in supply chains, it became clear that the original workbook needed bringing up-to-date.