Supply Chain

   

Supplier Relations Policy

The Group has due regard to the payment terms of suppliers and settles all undisputed accounts in accordance with payment terms agreed with the supplier.

RPS is an office based, business to business consultancy and our list of suppliers reflects this. They are mostly larger companies than ourselves and, due to our extensive client base and involvement in most sectors of the economy they are sometimes also among our valued clients.

A selection of our suppliers includes:

ACE Europe, Achilles, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Allied Irish Bank, Aviva, Azzurri, Bank of Montreal, BCA, BDO, Bord Gais, Blake Morgan LLP, British Airways, British Telecom, British Gas, BT Ireland, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Canon, Chestertons, CIWEM, City Sprint, Clere Design & Print, Deloitte LLP, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Bank, DHL, DLA Piper, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, EasyJet, EDF Energy plc, Eircom, EMAP, Emirates, Environment Analyst, ESRI, Eversheds LLP, Giles Travel, Eversheds, Griffiths & Armour, Hampson-Russell, Harvey Siskind LLP, Haymarket Media Group, Hewlett Packard, Infor, IEMA, Interleasing, JLL, JP Morgan Chase Bank, KLM, Landmark Worldwide, Lemon & Co, Lex Autolease, Lloyds Bank plc, Lyreco, MEPC, Microsoft Corporation, Munro Travel, National Car Rental, Neopost, NRG Energy, May Bank, O2, PESGB, PHH Corporation, Pitney Bowes, PMI Health Group, Portman Travel Services, PwC, Quantas Airways, Royal Sun Alliance, RTPI, Ryanair, SAS, Savills, Schlumberger, Scottish Water, Singapore Airlines, Sisco Corporation, Smith & Williamson, Software 1, Southern Water Services, Southwestern Airlines, SSE Airtricity, Standard Chartered plc, Thames Water Utilities, Toronto Dominion Bank, UK EAPA, Underwriters at Lloyds, United Utilities, Vodafone, Xerox Corporation.

A few of our suppliers are significantly smaller companies. We nevertheless regard these smaller suppliers as significant to the overall success of our business and so we treat them accordingly.

The Group works with suppliers and subcontractors in order to maintain and develop relationships, such that they assist in delivering our services and products at the highest professional level whilst delivering value for money. RPS deals with suppliers and sub-contractors and all aspects of the purchasing process in a manner which reflects appropriate standards of ethics, quality and business management.

Supply Chain Management

In accordance with the Group's Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management policies, RPS operates supplier vetting procedures and, wherever relevant, invokes subcontractor induction procedures equivalent to the training provided to our own staff.

As a consultancy enterprise providing professional advice from offices primarily based in the developed world, our potential exposure to child labour exploitation, human rights violations or human health risks are generally at the lower end of the scale. RPS is not a supplier or manufacturer of goods, parts or materials. We provide consultancy advice and professional support services. Nevertheless we recognise that we need to monitor the safety and environmental performance and the social and human rights impacts of our suppliers' activities and, where relevant, their training and certification records also. So we request information from those in our supply chain as appropriate. We will be requesting evidence from our suppliers regarding their plans to comply with the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015 before the law becomes applicable to them during 2017.

A sample supplier questionnaire used by our quality, health & safety and environmental management practice in the UK is attached here for reference:

Attach supplier questionnaire form pdf here.

RPS Group Plc - Modern Slavery and Trafficking Policy Statement

RPS Group Plc and its subsidiary undertakings (the ‘Group’) are fully supportive of the principles and objectives of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’). Whilst given the nature of the Group’s activities and their lack of dependence on any substantive supply chain, the risks of any breaches of the Act occurring are low, the Group will comply with the provisions of the Act and take such measures as are reasonably required to achieve this.