Socially Responsible Procurement
The university has a Socially Responsible procurement strategy which, through its buying and contracting activity, aims to benefit the local and international community. At its heart is to make the world a better place in furtherance of King's Strategic Vision 2029.
The Socially Responsible Procurement Policy compliments and reinforces King's strategic priorities and wider policies on sustainability, diversity and payment of the London Living Wage. The policy is intended to ensure that King's buys third party goods and services in ways which are beneficial to society, especially focusing on King's local boroughs.
The Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct supports King's strategic priorities by reinforcing the message across the university commercial partners, you can find this document below.
Supply & contract opportunities
King’s College London purchases goods, works and services to support our Strategic Priorities.
The university is committed to working effectively with its suppliers and promoting opportunities for organisations from all sectors to work with King's. The information on this page is designed to help organisations understand how we do business and the opportunities that are currently available.
King’s College London is not a public body within the meaning of the public procurement legislation. Where the university decides to advertise in Contracts Finder, Find a Tender or other government portal it does so on a voluntary basis and does not undertake any obligation to comply with procurement legislation. The university reserves the right in full to adapt or step outside of the procedures in procurement legislation as it considers necessary. The procedure the university commits to following for any individual procurement will be explained in the relevant tender documentation.
To help suppliers we have published various documents, guidelines and/or regulations that can be accessed.
Please contact us and the relevant member of staff will assist with any queries
Bribery Act 2010
In all areas of business, there is a potential for unscrupulous individuals or organisations to try to unfairly influence commercial and/or contractual matters for their own advantage. King's College London upholds the highest standards of integrity in all of its business affairs and Procurement Strategy & Services endeavours to ensure that all processes and procedures utiised in selecting suppliers to the university are monitored and that any potential for nefarious practices are avoided.
Procurement Strategy & Services acts as a source of reference to university staff and suppliers to ensure that proper, fair and open communications exist and ensures that any acts or activities that occur during our procurement projects do not represent inducements or could be misinterpreted as such.
Procurement Strategy & Services also is the owner of the Anti-Corruption Policy, held in the university's Policy Zone, that sets out, in detail, what constitutes bribery and the steps necessay to avoid it.
Diversity & Inclusion
King’s College London supports and promotes diversity and inclusion in all areas of its business.
As such, and in common with the HE sector, the university seeks assurances from its suppliers that they comply with the statutory obligations laid down by the various relevant Acts of Parliament.
All tender exercises carried out by the Procurement Office have questionnaires that require prospective suppliers to provide details of their processes and procedures in relation to the Equality Act 2010.
Further information can be obtained from the university’s Diversity & Inclusion section.
Health & Safety
King's requires that all of its suppliers uphold the highest standards Health and Safety and comply with all statutary requirements prescribed in UK legislation when supplying services or products to the university. Appropriate Heath and Safety requirements are issued routinely when inviting tenders for specific contracts. There are, however, guidence for prospective suppliers on the more general requirements on the Health & Safety Services web pages
Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015
King's College London conducts its business in compliance with the provisions of all applicable legislation and operates a zero-tolerance policy towards non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As such, the university is committed to ensuring that mechanisms are in place to prevent business being undertaken with an organisation that has not adopted appropriate steps to ensure that Modern Slavery is not taking place in any of its supply chains.
King's College London seeks written assurances from prospective suppliers regarding their compliance with this Act.
Further information can be obtained from the King's Transparency Statement and Policy.
King's College London endeavours to incorporate sustainability issues into all of its activities. In procurement, our policies require that all projects, that are administered by our office, are considered in terms of impact on environmental, social and economic issues. Issues that are identified are recorded and the specification for products or services are modified, as far as possible, to minimise the negative impacts and maximise the positive impacts.
Procurement Strategy & Services produces and owns the university's Corporate Responsibility Statement and further information is available from the university's Environment and Sustainability Policy.