CIPS: Ethical purchasing practices - CIPS Documents
The purpose of this booklet is to provide advice and guidance to buying organisations on how to develop ethical purchasing practices in their supply chains. Although intended primarily for buyers, this guidance applies equally to anyone who has responsibility for managing the supply of goods or services from an external source.
Every organisation requires an ethical policy or code of conduct. Ethical supply chain management is becoming a mainstream business issue as questions about business practice arise (for example Maxwell and BCCI) and media and charity campaigns highlight poor working conditions in developing countries. The Maxwell scandal led to changes in UK legislation and pension practice. Increased public awareness of issues such as child labour has increased pressure on companies to take responsibility for the welfare of workers in their supply chains around the world.