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BESA Bolsters Member Codes

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) the trade association covering the UK educational suppliers sector has unveiled its updated Code of Practice. It is the result of a year-long consultation with industry and schools to understand what assurances schools want when buying products and services.

As a mandatory membership commitment given by members to BESA – which represents over 300 of the UK’s world-leading education suppliers – each member is expected, as a condition of membership, to meet the ethical standards provided for in the Code. Only companies who sign up to the Code of Practice, updated to include issues such as safeguarding and data security, can use the BESA “tick” logo on their marketing materials and websites.

Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA, said: “Schools have long looked for the BESA logo when deciding which companies to procure from, as it is a clear indication that they are providing quality products and services that they can trust.”

“The updated Code of Practice reflects BESA members’ desire to ensure they are always at the forefront of offering the highest quality of products and services to schools around the world, and providing a world-class customer experience.”

The BESA Code of Practice offers schools assurance in five key areas: Quality and Standards, Transparency and Openness, Integrity, Safeguarding and Data Security and Discriminatory Conduct. It is available to view in full here.