The UK Government has recently published the procurement policy notice 02/23 for all public bodies in scope. With the requirement to ask suppliers to provide supply chain information at a key stage in the procurement process, TISCreport has created an FAQ to help procurement officers become aware of what needs to be done. The Government guide itself provides more detail and links to toolkits. Social impact cannot be achieved by working within data silos. But by working with open data and transparency data (data intentionally shared by corporate entities) we can help suppliers and the contracting authorities and save time and effort, so they can focus on achieving social impact to address workforce inequalities.
What is PPN 02/23?
Who is in scope for PPN 02/23?
PPN 02/23 applies to all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, and NHS bodies, and are referred to in as 'In-Scope Organisations' within the PPN.
Which industries are the highest risk?
What are the highest risk products imported into the UK?
What action is required in order to comply with PPN 02/23?
The guidance requires that modern slavery risks are assessed in all new procurements using the risk characteristic tool provided in the guidance. There are six characteristics highlighted:
- industry type: e.g. construction, agriculture
- nature of workforce: e.g. skilled, unskilled, on/offshore
- supplier location: see high risk countries listed
- context in which the supplier operates: e.g. sectors served
- commodity type: see high risk commodities specified
- business/supply chain model e.g. reliance on subcontracted workers
For high and medium risk procurements, it is expected that the social value model is applied. Actions to address workforce inequality is a key policy outcome for high-risk suppliers. These should include the following:
- Demonstrate action to identify and tackle inequality in employment, skills and pay in the contract workforce [MAC6.1]
- Support in-work progression to help people, including those from disadvantaged or minority groups, to move into higher paid work by developing new skills relevant to the contract [MAC6.2]
- Demonstrate action to identify and manage the risks of modern slavery in the delivery of the contract, including in the supply chain [MAC6.3]
How can I use TISCreport for PPN 02/23 compliance?
Whilst the Government has provided a new standard questionnaire in order for procuring bodies to gather the information required, self-declaration within a closed system has limited effectiveness when it comes to achieving social impact. Operating within a procurement "silo" can help mitigate risk but it cannot influence future corporate behaviour. Using available transparency data (open data or data intentionally shared publicly by organisations) the real risk can be assessed and impact can be tracked.
By subscribing to the TISCreport PPN 02/23 compliance dashboard, you can upload or invite all prospective suppliers for you tender(s) and view them by sector, size and import/export status.
You can also view and subscribe to data sets for compliance with key regulations including Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, Gender Pay Gap, Payment Practices Reporting and many others.