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Sustainable Procurement

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Fife Council recognises its responsibility to carry out its procurement activities collaboratively and in an economically, environmental and socially responsible manner.

The current Fife Council Sustainable Procurement Policy is under review, however it still includes a commitment to purchase goods, materials and services that minimise or reduce the impacts of its activities on the local and global environment.

Sustainable procurement can be defined as “using procurement to achieve long term social, environmental and economical benefits” and is therefore linked to the Fife Councils Plan (under consultation) which includes the following key priorities:

  • The current Fife Council Sustainable Procurement Policy is under review, however it still includes a commitment to purchase goods, materials and services that minimise or reduce the impacts of its activities on the local and global environment.quality of life in local communities,
  • Increasing opportunities and reducing poverty and inequality,
  • Growing a vibrant economy; and
  • Promoting a sustainable society

In order to link procurement into the priorities of the Council Plan it is important when conducting any procurement exercise to consider:

  • The social, environmental and economic benefits are maximised;
  • The Impact on the environment is minimised; and
  • The supply chain being used by Fife Council is sustainable.

Whats it all about?

Sustainable Procurement encompasses three themes and the associated topics include:

 

Themes

Society (Social)

Economy

Environmental

Topics

Equality and Diversity

Third Sector and SMEs (Supplier Development)

Whole Life Costing

 

Fairly Traded and Ethical Supply

Energy Efficiency

Community Benefits

Supply Chain Management

Supplier Guides

Sustainably Sourced Products

Sustainable Procurement Work Areas

Detailed below is a sample that shows some of the areas currently being worked on with regards to sustainable procurement by our Corporate Procurement Team.

Community Benefits:

  • Attendance at Community Benefit meetings
  • Attending Employer Engagement Delivery Group (EEDG)
  • Community Benefits Policy Champion (advice and guidance)

Supplier Development:

  • Facilitate procurement surgeries
  • Deliver training to SMEs/Third Sector and
  • Promote tender opportunities

Sustainable Procurement Policy:

  • Update existing policy
  • Promote new policy
  • Audit sustainable procurement throughout Council
  • Obtain Gold WWF Pledge for Paper and Timber
  • Evaluate Fife Council (Corporate Procurement) against the Flexible Framework
  • Produce Action plan

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