Policy paper

Defra’s ethical procurement policy statement

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

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



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.

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