Measures are being put in place to make sure sustainability is at the forefront of decisions including which products and services to buy and the companies that will supply them.
The council spends more than £450 million a year on goods and services ranging from materials used for fixing roads to food served in schools, books for libraries and waste and recycling services.
Now, as part of its climate change strategy and commitment to cut carbon emissions to net zero, environmental requirements will be included in all contracts. Consideration will also be given to economic impacts – such as encouraging increased participation from small and medium-sized suppliers and supporting local skills and employment – and social impacts such as ensuring human rights, environmental rights and employment standards are always met.
If you are responsible for buying goods and services as part of your role, look out for more information coming soon.
Find out more about the new approach to make greener purchasing decision.