Ethical Procurement Policy in Housing associations and Charities

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2016 Community Service Group Conference
6 November 2015

Conference welcomes the news that the Living wage has been increased to £9.40 per hour in London and £8.25 elsewhere. It is right and proper that UNISON is fully behind moves to encourage even more employers to sign up to the living wage. It is not acceptable that many of our members work 35 hours and more a week and still struggle to afford the basics necessary to look after themselves and their families.

As people who work in organisations that are social landlords and charities we believe that it is beholden on these employers to not only sign up to the living wage but also ensure that the living wage demands are at the heart of all procurement processes.

Charities and social landlords have a high moral agenda which includes supporting people who live and work in the communities in which we operate. Conference believes that these organisations should be seeking to work only with business partners and funders who have the same social ideals.

This conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to:

– Continue to promote campaigning for a living wage to all Community members

– Produce sector-specific guidance for activists in community on approaching employers about ethical procurement and ensuring UNISON has input into any relevant procurement processes