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Sustainable Procurement Policy

Sustainable Procurement is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.

The Council recognises it has a vital role in furthering sustainable development, through its procurement of buildings, goods, works and services. Procurement decisions have a major socio-economic and environmental implication, both locally and globally, now and for future generations. The Council will therefore strive to:

People, Education and Awareness


  • Educate, train and encourage internal purchasers to review their procurement spend with a goal of reduced usage and adopting more environmentally friendly alternative products
  • Communicate the sustainable procurement policy to all staff, suppliers and stakeholders

Policy, Strategy & Communication


  • Consider the costs and benefits of environmentally preferable good/services as alternatives
  • Investigate the impact of the Council's expenditure on goods and services to identify potential environmental impacts
  • Investigate opportunities for the recycling and re-use of materials where appropriate
  • Assess the environmental and corporate risks to the organisation with a commitment to continually improving sustainable performance related to the supply chain
  • Work with our key partners and suppliers to improve sustainable procurement

Procurement Process


  • Promote best practice for sustainable procurement
  • Ensure that where appropriate, suppliers' environmental credentials are, as far as legally practicable considered in the supplier evaluation process and that environmental criteria are used in the award of contracts
  • Ensure that consideration is given to inclusion, within all specification, of a facility for suppliers to submit offers for environmentally friendly alternatives
  • Specify, wherever possible and practicable, the use of environmentally friendly goods

Engaging Suppliers


  • Educate our suppliers regarding the Council's environmental and sustainability objectives
  • Encourage and persuade suppliers to adopt environmentally friendly processes and supply environmentally friendly goods/services
  • Address barriers to entry in order that Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), local suppliers and the third sector are encouraged to bid for the Council's business
  • Work with key suppliers to make changes and thereby extend sustainability improvements throughout the supply chain

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