Our procurement strategy require that the goods and services we purchase represent the best value for money by taking into account whole-life costs and quality. Sustainable purchasing meets this requirement. By considering costs throughout the entire lifecycle of a product or service, the most economically, environmentally and socially sustainable choices can be made.
We spend around £260million on goods, services and works each year. Council staff are aware of the need to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of the goods and services they buy.
Social value is a great way for us to seek benefits for our communities and residents when commissioning and procuring services, above and beyond the main subject matter of the contract. One of the main aspects of seeking social value is to ensure that we commission sustainably.