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Equality and Diversity

Achievements of Procurement Services

Procurement have a clear objective within the University’s Equality & Diversity Strategy Action Plan that takes account of developing equality in procurement regardless of level of spend, particularly in relation to disability. Key procurement staff have taken up relevant Equality and Diversity training and the University hosted a Stonewall training workshop for local authorities. Potential suppliers are assessed in respect of their sustainability and Equality and Diversity commitments as part of our procurement processes. We have a Supplier Code of Conduct that clearly outlines that no supplier should subject any person to discrimination in recruitment or employment, on the basis of age, disability, gender or gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (including lack of religion or belief), sexual orientation. Existing suppliers are also encouraged to measure and improve their understanding of Equality and Diversity by using the University’s Supplier Engagement Tool, which enables suppliers to create their own bespoke action plan.

Procurement works in conjunction with its key stakeholders to ensure all our contracts put the wellbeing of our students and staff as a priority in the purchases we make. In particular, this applies to all the construction of new buildings and refurbishment or upgrade of existing buildings to ensure accessibility needs are met for the facilities provided within the buildings. Additionally, the University has a contract with an external Occupational Health provider who advise on specialist furniture and other relevant work place alterations. The University provides a wide range of food and drink provisions to cater for all food allergies and intolerances with staff appropriately trained to advise on the content of meals.

Going forward, procurement will look to engage with high risk suppliers in terms of Equality and Diversity to offer them guidance on their bespoke action plans created from the Supplier Engagement Tool.   

Equality and Diversity Champion- Arwyn Evans (Head of Procurement Services)

Article last updated: Monday, September 26, 2016

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