Worker's Rights Consortium
Ethical Investment Policy
The Ethical Investment Policy was approved by the Investment Sub committee and Director of Finance on June, 2014.
The University’s Investment Subcommittee will formally consider representations in relation to the ethical standing of any University investment.
The University’s Sustainable Procurement and Fairtrade Working Group is an ideal forum for discussion of any investment, prior to formal representation, and will help to ensure that the representation is in the correct format to progress to Committee. The Sustainable Procurement and Fairtrade Working Group – which includes Ethical Investment as a standard agenda item - meets termly. For further details and to attend the next meeting please contact Dr Heidi Smith on email@example.com.
Swansea University is officially affiliated to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC).
The WRC is an independent, non-political labour rights monitoring organisation, which collaborates with workers, non-governmental organisations, and other universities and colleges, to improve the conditions of workers in the garment industry.
By affiliating with the WRC, the University agrees to adopt a code of conduct to consider issues such as wages, hours of work, overtime compensation, freedom of association, workplace safety and health, women’s rights, child and forced labour, harassment and abuse in the workplace and non-discrimination.
Swansea University is using the code of conduct, within public procurement law, to help its procurement specialists to engage with supply chains through disclosure of garment factory locations from all University garment suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors, to share with the WRC. Where the University is in a consortium, we endeavour to get information from collaborators or suppliers. Our Sustainable Procurement Policy helps us to embed issue of Worker's Rights and clothing supplies into our tendering processes.