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 not only to the organisation, but also to society and the local economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.
Sustainable procurement can include, but is not limited to the following:
- creating new businesses, new jobs and new skills in the local area
- improving supplier diversity, innovation and resilience
- tackling climate change and reducing waste
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is committed to becoming more sustainable through the procurement process. The Council understands that our procurement decisions have a major socio-economic (e.g. creation of employment and training opportunities) and environmental implication, (e.g. the need to reduce CO2 emissions and the amount of waste going to landfill), both locally and nationally. Therefore, the Council aims to promote sustainable procurement through engagement with suppliers to reduce their carbon footprints using our newly created Carbon Footprint Calculator, supporting local SMEs with our Local Business Directory, whilst also complying with Welsh Government’s Ethical Employment in Supply Chain Code of Practice and working towards their Public sector ‘Net Zero’ ambition.