Sustainable Procurement can be defined as a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, service, works or utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life cycle basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.

The Trust will deliver Sustainable Procurement through:-

  1. Ensuring procurement decisions include whole-life cost, energy consumption, consumables and disposal considerations.
  2. Encouraging Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and local suppliers to bid for appropriate work.
  3. Reduce the amount of waste created by encouraging reuse and recycling.
  4. Complying with all relevant procurement, environmental and other legislation.
  5. Investigating the Trust’s non-pay spend in order to identify high sustainability-impact suppliers and where possible reducing these impacts.
  6. Assessing and monitoring suppliers’ sustainability performance before and through the life of the contract.
  7. Ensuring all staff involved in procurement decisions and contract management are properly and regularly trained in sustainable procurement best practice and kept up to date with developments.
  8. Ensuring that any sustainable procurement benefits are recorded and reported back to the Trust’s Sustainable Development Group.