Interweave maintains Level 3 LSAS
We are very pleased to advise that we have maintained a Level 3 status for the 3rd year running, following our latest Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) audit. NHS Supply Chain originally introduced LSAS in conjunction with the Department of Health. The standards provide an extra layer of governance for companies who supply goods into the NHS.
The audit process allows NHS procurement professionals to have additional confidence in the products that they are purchasing having been ethically sourced. It also signifies that the products are compliant with national and international legislation.
What Level 3 indicates
This is how the NHS Supply Chain describe a supplier who has been audited to Level 3 LSAS:
“The supplier has a robust system for managing labour standards in place. There is evidence of an established implementation system working over time and risk is being effectively mitigated where uncovered. This is a more action-oriented level of compliance.”
To attain this level of compliance, the team at Interweave introduced new measures over three years ago to ensure that the standards required for Level 3 were being amply addressed. This has been reviewed every year since and updates made to meet the standards.
Customer Services Manager, Tim Meadows, who is responsible for Interweave’s LSAS compliance and who has led the project to maintain LSAS Level 3, says:
“This is the culmination of 10 years work and reflects the ethics and philosophy of how we run our business. We have applied these standards across our whole business.“
“We have definitely benefitted from taking these steps to improve the processes and quality in our own supply chain too – as it’s pointless cutting corners with something as important as this. It gives you a sense of fulfilment and pride, when you commit to optimisation and achieve these standards. It’s given the business a solid foundation and an open channel of communication with the companies we rely on in our supply chain”
Related reading: Interweave’s Labour Standards Policy