Policy paper

Defra’s ethical procurement policy statement

This statement sets out Defra’s policy on ethical procurement.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



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It is based largely on the following principles with advice on how to put them into practice:

  • Working conditions are safe;
  • Good health is promoted;
  • Employment is freely chosen;
  • Working hours are not excessive;
  • Wages meet at least national legal standards;
  • Training is provided;
  • No discrimination is practised;
  • Diversity and good workforce practices are encouraged;
  • Child labour is eliminated;
  • No inhumane treatment is allowed.

Further information

Published 19 April 2011