The Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE) at University of Greenwich leads the Learning Lab’s research on the incorporation of human rights considerations into government procurement of electronics. Olga Martin-Ortega leads BHRE’s work on this topic. Her biography, as well as reports and resources related to government procurement of electronics, can be found below.

Lab Reports and Resources

The electronics hub is currently researching and writing a report that will provide examples of good practice in relation to human rights and government procurement of electronics. This report and other electronics focused resources will be uploaded here once they are available.

Other Reports and Resources

ElectronicsWatch Case Study on Swedish County Councils and Dell

This Case Study provides background information on how the Swedish County Councils use their purchasing power to improve corporate respect for human rights, and details the steps that Stockholm County Council took to ensure one of its IT contractors was taking adequate steps to investigate and address labor rights violations in its supply chain. It is available for download at the ElectronicsWatch website, at the link below.

Public Procurement and Human Rights Due Diligence to Achieve Respect for Labour Rights Standards in Electronics Factories: A Case Study of the Swedish County Councils and the Dell Computer Corporation

BHRE Policy Paper: Promoting Responsible Electronics Supply Chains Through Public Procurement

This policy paper focuses on the potential for public procurement contracts to be used to improve working conditions in the global electronics supply chain. It provides an in depth analysis of the past and newly adopted EU Directives on procurement, discusses different approaches to influence supply chain conditions through public procurement, and makes suggestions on how these approaches can be realized in practice. The policy paper is available for download below.

Promoting Responsible Electronics Supply Chains Through Public Procurement 

Electronics Hub Leader Bio

Reader of International Law, School of Law, University of Greenwich 

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Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich, where she leads the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group. She has been researching business and human rights for over ten years. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich Olga was Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London. She has a PhD in International Law from the University of Jaen and a Law degree from the University of Sevilla (Spain). Olga is a member of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and a member of the Board of Directors of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium. She is a founding member and coordinated the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights until September 2015. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights network and member of the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network. She has published extensively on the issues of business and human rights, corporate human rights due diligence and public procurement and supply chain responsibility.