Leicester joins campaign to boost labour standards in ICT supply chain

The University has affiliated to the labour rights monitoring consortium Electronics Watch, committing to monitoring labour standards compliance of companies that supply its computers, laptops and other electronic goods.

The University joins a growing number of public bodies who share concerns over poor labour standards in the ICT supply chain.

Electronics Watch is an independent workers' rights monitoring organisation. By joining Electronics Watch, the University is pushing for better conditions for workers in the supply chains of the brands it has contracts with, and support monitoring of the factories they use.

James Trotter, University of Leicester Procurement Manager, said: "Affiliation to Electronics Watch is a major step forward in bringing our new Procurement Strategy to life. Sustainability is central to our strategy, and so having access to contract conditions that set workers’ rights along our IT hardware supply chains, as well as a monitoring network for checking compliance with these standards, is entirely in keeping with our ambition."