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Rising expectations for human rights requirements in government procurement

  In a move designed to help public procurement officials understand the level of modern slavery risk posed by suppliers to the UK Government, the Cabinet Office has issued a new Procurement Policy Note setting out a series of guidance measures and requirements. As of October 1 2019, procurement tender documentation now contains specific questions…

Zambian mining judgment calls for greater scrutiny of multinationals

  A recent judgment allowing Zambian villagers to pursue their case against Vedanta Resources in the UK courts could have important implications for multinational companies doing business in Africa. In the latest issue of African Business, Michael Pollitt examines the issues, including a corporate’s ‘duty of care’ to the communities it affects, its responsibility for…

Crossing the line: how government is cracking down on construction corruption

A recent spate of director disqualifications in the construction sector by the Competition and Markets Authority has raised the spectre of corrupt behaviour once again. Building Magazine spoke to Leo Martin for its feature article on corrupt behaviour in the construction industry. Joey Gardiner asked how big a problem this really is and whether attitudes…

New culture requirements for Government suppliers

The UK Government has issued a long-anticipated update to its supplier code of conduct. Michael Pollitt explores the expectations the new code places on Government suppliers, in particular the need to demonstrate a better understanding of their organisational culture. The article, published in In-Procurement, examines the steps potential suppliers can take to assess and monitor organisational…

A changing face

Regulators and prosecutors are actively using all the means at their disposal to bring about successful anti-corruption cases. Most countries, if not all, have had laws prohibiting bribery and corruption domestically for decades. Over the last ten years, many countries have strengthened this legislation, driven, to a large extent, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and…