Performance of Contracts

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality. In monitoring the performance of contracts, the University is mindful of its public equality duties under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and associated guidance.

The following are to be considered in managing the performance of contracts:

  • Is the delivery of goods or services successfully complying with the equality requirements of the contract?
  • If not, is a corrective equality action plan required? This would specify the objectives necessary to comply with the contractual terms and/or legislative obligations and provide for an agreed timeline for these measures to be implemented and reported on.
  • If it is a contract that is ‘highly relevant’:
    • Are equality monitoring processes being complied with?
    • Is supplier's action plan (if applicable) being followed through?
    • Are persons involved in delivery aware of required equality based behaviours and performing to acceptable standards?
  • Is provision still matching need and providing equality of access to purchased goods/ services?
  • If the objectives of the corrective equality action plan have not been met, should contractual termination procedures be implemented

It is also important as part of the process to monitor any changes to policies which relate to equalities and diversity by requesting the supplier to complete the E&D Contract Review monitoring template . We recommend this process to be undertaken at least annually.