Office for National Statistics share their Equality and Diversity and Respect at Work policies with existing suppliers and invite them to regular supplier engagement meetings where they discuss their approach to equality and diversity.
In order to help their suppliers develop best practice, ONS involves their restaurant and catering supplier in internal equality and diversity events. This has included the in-house café supplying pink cappuccinos in support of ONS’ LGBT history month and pre-pride events.
All existing contracts are monitored via regular contract monitoring meetings throughout the term of the contract. These meetings are used to assess how the supplier is working towards the equality and diversity criteria set out in the contract. Equality and Diversity related complaints are also closely monitored and discussed during contract monitoring meetings, with the Chief Procurement Officer intervening where appropriate.