Sustainable Procurement Programme
At KPMG UK we have been committed to sustainable procurement practices since 2006 and continue to develop our approach. In 2011 our UK Chairman launched our supplier engagement programme to our strategic suppliers focussing on three key sustainability issues: reporting and reducing carbon emissions, supporting diverse suppliers and paying the Living Wage to all applicable contractor and sub-contractor staff. We have developed dashboard reporting which enables us to not only track how well we are doing but also identify those suppliers who truly support our agenda through their collaborative actions.
One supplier said of our engagement programme, 'Our partnership with KPMG is a source of tremendous pride at Compass Group. We believe that at its heart is a shared commitment to the environment. As a participant of their Supplier Engagement Program we have benefited from their support and leadership approach to sustainability - which has encouraged us to drive innovation across our entire business'.
Andy Harris, Managing Director at Restaurant Associates (part of Compass Group)
Our sustainable procurement programme also helps us to leverage the procurement process and select suppliers who help us to achieve our CSR and Diversity goals. This includes specifying sustainable products, selecting sustainable suppliers and promoting our Supplier Code of Conduct amongst our suppliers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct was launched in 2008 and is based on the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, covering labour and human rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption standards.
The Living Wage
The Living Wage is an hourly rate, set independently, every year (by the GLA in London and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the rest of the country). It is calculated according to cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials for life. The National Living Wage is currently £7.45 per hour and the London Living Wage is £8.55 per hour.
This is not a recent cause for us and indeed not long after we started paying the Living Wage across all third party suppliers in 2006 we became the first private sector enterprise to be awarded the Living Wage Award and the first to be publicly acknowledged for its commitment to addressing and ultimately eradicating any discrimination in this area, we are now an accredited Living Wage employer.
KPMG has become an influential advocate for the Living Wage and in November 2010 the Mayor of London and KPMG launched the Living Wage Campaign.
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