For the first time ever, period dignity has been recognised at a higher education procurement level after the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) included period products as part of their framework.
Hey Girls – a leading period product social enterprise – has been selected as one of just four period product suppliers that are now part of this important development.
NWUPC is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its full members consisting of 24 universities within the north west. It enables member universities to buy goods and services in a cost effective and structured way.
The NWUPC has collaborated with its partners APUC, HEPCW, LUPC, NEUPC and SUPC, whose members can all access the agreement, to ensure period dignity schemes are available for universities across the whole of the UK.
Sarah Dye, category manager for NWUPC said: “We are pleased to be able to support our members and all participating institutions in the delivery of period dignity schemes. The agreement enables users to create environments which allow for effective and dignified period management through access to both products and educational resources around periods and period dignity; to break down stigma related to periods and period poverty and end the social, economic and health injustices that period poverty creates and perpetuates. To that end, we are delighted to be working with Hey Girls given their great work in this area.”
This new development with Hey Girls and NWUPC will ensure even more students can access essential period care on campus, whilst giving universities the option to purchase vegan friendly period products.
Becca Bell, Senior Sales Development Lead at Hey Girls, said “This partnership has a dual purpose of seeking to tackle period poverty with a focus on eliminating the mass consumption of period products using single use plastic. Hey Girls will supply NWUPC with both reusable and non-reusable period products, which are safe, sustainably sourced and with a low environmental impact.
Not only will students and staff of NWUPC universities and colleges be able to help themselves to Hey Girls supply, but they can also tap into our period education resources.”
Hey Girls is already supporting millions of students in Scotland and Wales but will now be able to tender for the provision of environmentally-friendly period products to universities and colleges in the north west of England.
Established in 2018, Hey Girls has donated over 18 million quality period products to those in need. The organisation is already supplying universities including University of St Andrews, Bath Spa University and Bangor University.
Celia Hodson, Founder & CEO of Hey Girls, said: “For Hey Girls, it is always a privilege to partner with organisations whose the goals are aligned with our own; sustainability and education being key factors. It is also great to be recognised for all the hard work we’ve done in raising awareness of period dignity across the student communities, enabling us to include impactful case studies and our first-hand experience in our response.”
The new partnership with NWUPC and Hey Girls is a huge step in the right direction for period equality in the UK.