Welcome to Procurement

Below you will find our statements of how we work with our suppliers.

We value our suppliers as a hugely important source of passion, drive and expertise and our mission is to create a great working relationship that is mutually beneficial and goes towards our goal of Curing Cancer Sooner.

So, If you want to be a supplier, or if you already are a supplier, please contact us and let us know how you would like to help in the fight against all forms of this disease.

These are to be complied with by the Supplier who shall procure that their suppliers, agents and manufacturers, contractors and sub-contractors and each of them shall comply with the same. 

Responsible Procurement

Responsible Procurement is the purchase of goods, works and services in an environmentally and socially responsible way that delivers value for money and benefits to CRUK and its Affiliates.

We recognise that our work has the potential to affect the environment. The objective of this policy is to provide guidance and generate thinking that will reduce any of the negative effects of our activities. CRUK and its Affiliates are committed to undertake responsible initiatives as set out in our own Procurement Strategy and in line with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Code of Personal Ethics, and the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code.

This policy reflects the high standards we set for ourselves and expect from our suppliers (and all their sub-contractors), and all our business partners. We may visit production sites to check compliance and we are prepared to work with third parties to achieve or improve compliance with the policy. We are prepared to take commodity, country or cultural differences and other relevant factors into consideration, but will not compromise lightly on the fundamental requirements described in this policy.

We aim to implement this policy throughout our entire supply chain, within our sphere of influence. We also expect that our suppliers encourage and work with their own suppliers to ensure that they also meet these principles. 

Our Objectives

We recognise the impacts associated with our own procurement activities, as well as those of our suppliers. We are committed to addressing these impacts and to include environmental, ethical, social and economic considerations into every stage of our procurement processes.

Where possible and where it is consistent with legal requirements and our strategy, we shall aim:

  • To comply with all relevant legislation & regulations  (Including the Modern Slavery Act)
  • To research and promote best practice in environmental and social procurement.
  • To carry out a risk assessment to understand our most significant procurement impact areas and put measures in place to minimise these impacts over time.
  • To consider environmental and social issues during vendor qualification and appraisal.
  • To specify environmentally, ethically and socially acceptable products, services and ways of working in contract conditions and specifications.
  • To include environmental, ethical and social appraisal criteria during tender evaluation.
  • To encourage our suppliers and contractors to continually improve their own environmental performance.
  • To minimise the environmental impacts of our contracts including the production of waste, use of resources, emissions to air, releases to water, contamination of land and destruction of biodiversity.
  • To ensure that dealings with suppliers/contractors are at all times honest, fair and even-handed; and that ethical behaviour is promoted and supported by appropriate systems and procedures.
  • To promote awareness of environmental and social procurement issues among suppliers, our staff, our supporters and other stakeholders.
  • To train procurement specialists on responsible procurement.
  • To create and adopt mechanisms and indicators for improving, monitoring and reviewing the environmental and social performance of our suppliers.
  • To monitor progress with the aim of achieving continuous improvement.

In adopting a sustainable approach to procurement, we hope to obtain the joint benefits of minimising the effects our operations have on the environment and achieving best value. 

Minimum standards of performance expected from our suppliers

  • Respect human rights. We expect our suppliers, their sub-contractors and our business partners to support and recognise the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to ensure that they are not involved in human rights abuses.
  • Provide a safe and healthy working environment. Employees at our suppliers, their sub-contractors and our business partners must be provided with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. As a minimum, employees must have access to potable water and sanitary facilities, adequate fire safety, lighting, ventilation and where appropriate, personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is supplied free of charge and workers receive training in the use of this equipment and general safety standards.
  • Not use child or forced labour. Suppliers, sub-contractors and our business partners will not use child labour, involuntary labour, bonded or forced labour in line with International Labour Organisation Conventions C138 and C182.
  • Not allow discrimination or harassment. Every employee will be treated with respect and dignity. No employee will be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse or harassment pertaining to any aspects of their gender, race, religion, age or lifestyle, background or origin.
  • Provide transparent working hours and compensation. Working hours should be compliant with the applicable laws. Workers should have contracts stipulating their working hours and wages. All wages should be paid without delay and in accordance with the applicable laws.
  • Allow freedom of association and collective bargaining. Suppliers are to respect the rights of employees to freely associate, organise and bargain collectively in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and ILO conventions.
  • Suppliers should recognise the environmental impact of their business and ensure that they act in a responsible manner and continually work to lessen their impact on the environment.
  • Care for the Environment. Suppliers are expected to have developed and/or implemented an environmental policy and operate in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations addressing environmental protections.
  • Managing Hazardous Materials. Chemicals and other materials identified as hazardous when released to the environment are to be managed to ensure their safe handling, movement, storage, reuse or disposal. The use of hazardous materials should be minimised when other less hazardous alternatives are available.
  • Minimizing resource use, waste and emissions. Continuous improvements in resource efficiency are integrated in management and operations. Waste of all types and emissions to air, water and soil shall be minimised, characterised and monitored. 
  • High Ethical Standards. We expect our suppliers to uphold high standards of business ethics, to respect local laws and not engage in corruption, bribery, fraud, or extortion.
  • Transparent Business Relations. Suppliers (including the Supplier), their sub-contractors and our business partners will not offer or accept gifts, payments or other advantages which might be capable to induce a person to enact contrary to their prescribed duties.
  • Use of Power and the Law. We expect compliance with all applicable legislation such as restraint of trade and anti-trust legislation, the Competition Act 1988, and in particular Chapter II, Abuse of Dominant Position, and the Treaty of Amsterdam which address anti-competitive practices and abuse of dominant position.


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