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Socially Responsible Procurement – BHRE/LUPC Event Overview

Friday saw the BHRE/LUPC Symposium at the University of Greenwich, with the title of “Socially responsible public procurement: Protecting and promoting human rights as we […]

Halloween is Here – But Is Chocolate Firms’ Palm Oil Use the Real Horror Story?

It's Halloween! And many of us will have the big bags of sweets and chocolates ready for those lovable little scamps from down the road […]

Chicken Tonight? Maybe Not …

Back in the mists of time, I ran a potato company that was part of a somewhat larger food group. (I should stress this was […]

Social Value in Manchester – Recycling Helps Offenders and Taxpayers

We wrote on the Public Spend Forum website a couple of weeks back about an interesting but occasionally naïve report from Scape, the Housing Association […]

Why Supporting Social Enterprises Is Good for Procurement- And Auticon Impresses

We wrote here about the Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)  reception and the progress that is being made in terms of the “Buy Social” challenge – […]

Can Procurement Make A Difference – Philosophical Discussions At eWorld

At the recent eWorld event, I led a workshop discussion titled "Making a Difference".   The nature of those sessions at eWorld is "no PowerPoint", which […]

TfL’s Supplier Skills Programme – More Jobs and Skills in Engineering & Construction

We very much enjoyed the conference presentation that we reported on here from Tim Rudin of TfL (Transport for London), all about social responsibility in […]

Ben Gummer – Might We See “Sustainable Procurement” Going Up The Government Priority List?

After our article a week ago about the new UK government “Minister for Procurement” and the seemingly random process by which ministers in general seem […]