Labour and Human Rights in Purchasing & Supply Management


This concept looks at how organisations view the welfare of their own employees and those across entire supply chains. It discusses how companies can be affected by unethical practice or misconduct in their supply networks and provides managers with useful information on how to anticipate, and mitigate against, such instances.

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Labour and Human Rights in Purchasing & Supply Management Definition

Labour and human rights set out that employment should be chosen (no forced labour), the relationship between employers and employees should comply with national laws and good practice, living wages should be paid, working hours should be in compliance with national laws or industry standards. In addition, no abuse or discrimination of employees or child labour is allowed (CIPS: Ethical Business Practices in Purchasing and Supply Management).

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  • BBC News (2012) Nike agrees $1m overtime payment for Indonesian workers. 12 January.
  • CIPS: Ethical Purchasing Practices.
  • CIPS: The Ethical Decision. An Executive Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • CIPS: Ethical Business Practices in Purchasing and Supply Management.

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