Disclosure date: 14 March 2014
1) What was the total amount (in pounds) spent by the university on
garments in the last financial year (2011-2012) or the last year you have
2) How does this break down amongst the categories of course wear, staff wear, sportswear, uniforms, clothing sold by the student union and any other garments, or if you use different categories to break the total
figure down, please supply figures using the categories you use.
3) Who are the university's main garment suppliers (please include any
supplier that comprises 10% or more of the total university spend on
4) What was the total amount spent on garments by the university's student union in the last financial year (2011-2012) or the last year you have figures for?
5) What was the total amount spent on garments by societies, including
sports teams at the university in the last financial year (2011-2012) or
the last year you have figures for?
6) Does the university have a steering group or similar body that has
responsibility for ensuring that university procurement upholds workers rights, other human rights and/or increases purchase of Fairtrade products? If so, please provide details of this group or provide a URL to enable us to access this group's web page.
7) Does the university have an ethical procurement policy or is ethical
procurement covered by another policy of the university, such as a
sustainability policy? If so, please provide a copy of this policy or
provide a URL to enable us to access this policy.
8) Does the university have a strategy for increasing the labour rights and other human rights standards in its supply chains? If so, please provide a copy of this strategy document or provide a URL to enable us to access this strategy document.
9) Does the university have any stipulations in its contracts with
suppliers, that they must adhere to basic International Labour
Organisation workers rights standards?
10) Does the university require suppliers of garments or other goods to
disclose their factory locations, even if they are in different
1) The available central records indicate that there was no expenditure on garments in the last financial year. It is possible that small quantities were purchased by departments, but this is not recorded centrally and there is no budget heading for garments or clothing.
4) The Student Union is a separate organisation and not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. It has, however, indicated that its approximate spend on garments, including merchandising, was £12,000 during 2011-2012.
5) Societies belong to the Student Union which is a separate organisation and not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
6) Please see the “Purchasing Policy” sub-section of the Bloomsbury Colleges Environmental Policy Statement: http://www.soas.ac.uk/admin/governance/policies/file74939.pdf
7) The School is working closely with the Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence (SPCE) based at Leeds University to develop a new more ethical and sustainable procurement strategy and policy, addressing issues such as labour and human rights as well as environmental concerns. More details of the Centre of Excellence can be found at http://spce.procureweb.ac.uk/