2018 April 5

All 81 members of London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) affiliate to Electronics Watch

London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has voted to affiliate to Electronics Watch, on behalf of all 81 of the Consortium's full Member institutions to support work to mitigate human rights abuses in their supply chains. LUPC is the second UK consortium to affiliate all its Members to Electronics Watch, and fourth in Europe.

LUPC leads the £450m national electronics framework agreement for Desktop & Notebook PCs, which includes model Electronics Watch contract clauses. LUPC's full Members will now be able to access the same clauses, resources and information to work with their own suppliers to improve conditions for electronics workers globally, both by using LUPC frameworks and in their own contracts.

Dr Andrew Young, Chair of LUPC and Chief Operating Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science said:

"We are delighted to confirm that all of LUPC's full Members, both within and outside of higher education, are now affiliated to Electronics Watch with immediate effect, thus demonstrating our collective commitment to responsible procurement.  Electronics Watch has already delivered vital support to LUPC in monitoring global electronics supply chains for human rights abuses and in responding to incidences when they have come to light.  Now that support is available to all of our full Members, London has again reaffirmed its strong values as a leading world city."

Dr Björn Claeson, Director of Electronics Watch said:

"LUPC is a founding member of Electronics Watch and has long been a leading proponent for social responsibility in public procurement.  LUPC's engagement with electronics contractors has helped increase supply chain transparency and improve conditions for electronics workers that make goods supplied under large ICT hardware framework agreements led by LUPC.  By affiliating to Electronic Watch on behalf of all its full Member institutions, LUPC will become a yet stronger force for social responsibility in electronics supply chains to the benefit of workers globally."

Jim Biggin and Jacqueline Xiao, students at Queen Mary University of London and members of LUPC's Responsible Procurement Advisory Group who supported LUPC's proposal to affiliate all full Members said:

"This is fantastic news. It's great to see LUPC taking this step and students will be pleased that their universities are using their purchasing power, on behalf of staff and students, to protect workers in the global electronics industry."

LUPC became a founding member of Electronics Watch in 2014 and has long been a leading proponent for social responsibility in public procurement. Three of its members - Kingston University, London South Bank University and University of Westminster - were also founding members of Electronics Watch.