East Renfrewshire Council is committed to balancing environmental, social and economic principles and to working with all sectors of the business community in order to achieve this.
The council has nominated the Director of Environment, Andy Cahill, as its Sustainable Procurement Champion.
"We want to incorporate sustainability into everyday procurement activity to benefit society, the economy and the environment. A focused programme of work will start in June 2013 with delivery of sustainable procurement training for key people.
(Andy Cahill: Sustainable Procurement Champion May 2013)The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, as and when its various provisions are brought into force, will require local authorities to comply with the sustainable procurement duty in all regulated contracts. The sustainable procurement duty in terms of the Act is defined as the duty of a contracting authority. Before carrying out a regulated procurement, to consider how in conducting the procurement process it can:
- Improve the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of the authority's area.
- Facilitate the involvement of small and medium enterprises, third sector bodies and supported businesses in the process.
- Promote innovation.
In light of this impending duty the council has approved a Sustainable Procurement policy which will be applied to all contracts for goods, works and services that have a value in excess of £100,000. Procuring officers shall give full consideration to the relevance and appropriateness of the use of social and economic community benefit clauses in all tender exercises and where deemed suitable ensure relevant requirements are included in tender documentation.
Subsequent to the Act's introduction, consideration of the use of social and economic community benefit requirements shall be extended to goods and services contracts with a value of £50,000 or more.
In addition, the council will seek to maximise opportunities for environmental benefits and ensure the reduction of negative environmental impacts in all procurements for goods, services or works of a value of £25,000.