There is a legal obligation on institutions to promote equality in all its functions. This is now part of statutory provisions set out in the Equality Act 2010. The Act places obligations on all UK public authorities.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission publication Buying Better Outcomes - is a guide for public authorities on how they can comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty obligations at different stages of the procurement cycle.
The HE sector has developed a Toolkit to assist procurement practitioners in the sector to address their institutions’ obligations under the Act. The toolkit aims to supplement the Commission for Racial Equality's publication "Race Equality and Public Procurement - A guide for public authorities and contractors" [available on the EHRC web site] The toolkit takes the form of a number of template documents that may be viewed and downloaded from the HE Sustainable Procurement Model.
British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) - This website gives a wide range of information and services for those interested in supported employment.
Creating Value in a Socially Responsible Way (Remploy) - supported businesses.
OGC Guidance on reserved contracts for supported factories and businesses - supported factories and businesses for people with disabilties have a valuable role in assisting poeple with disabilities to integrate into the labour market. This guidance gives practical advice on what is meant by reserving contracts.