Public service union UNISON became the first trade union in the UK to ensure the electronics they purchase are independently monitored for workers’ rights violations. UNISON joined the growing number of institutions in Europe that have already affiliated to Electronics Watch.
2017 has been off to an amazing start for the Sweatshop Free campaign, with every University and College in Scotland joining Electronics Watch, an independent labour monitoring organisation that works to ensure the ICT purchased by universities and other public sector bodies is produced in fair conditions. That’s built on the 9 universities from England and Wales that have were already members.
Electronics Watch celebrates its first full consortium affiliation, and tenth UK University. Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the purchasing consortium for Scotland's Universities and Colleges. All of APUC's 44 higher and further educational institutions became Consortium Affiliates of Electronics Watch through APUC. This was the first time a whole sector of public bodies in a country had affiliated, and demonstrated the push within the sector in Scotland to achieve a transparent and fair supply chain for the products they purchase.
The University of Edinburgh became the first higher education institution in the UK to become a member of Electronics Watch.