12 May, 14 | by BMJ
Transport for London (TfL) has been implementing ethical sourcing into our procurement practices since the launch of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Responsible Procurement Policy in 2006. When we first started, very few other public sector bodies in the UK were looking at ethical sourcing. It had traditionally been the preserve of the private sector, where ethical sourcing practices can be a pressing business need because of the possibility of negative publicity and the threat of consumer boycotts. The drivers in the public sector are different—generally, if you live or work in London, it would be very difficult to avoid TfL’s services. However, TfL’s brand is exceedingly high profile, and protection of that brand through mitigation of potential reputational risks is of great importance. That is by no means the only driver though.