GLA Reviews its Procurement Policy
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London Mayor Ken Livingstone today published the first review of the Greater London Authority Group's Responsible Procurement policy. The policy aims to ensure sustainability goals are included in purchasing decisions by the capital's businesses and organisations.
The Mayor's policy is a crucial tool in delivering his overriding aim for London to become an 'exemplary, sustainable, inclusive and fair city' and for all Londoners to benefit from the capital's prosperity. The policy now in its second full year sets standards in the way the Group procures its goods and services. Designed to complement the UK's government's policy objectives as outlined in 'Procuring the Future' that the UK will help lead the European Union in integrating social and environmental priorities into procurement, the policy sets the benchmark for London businesses, and other organisations to aspire to.
The key focus of the policy is to develop 'strong and diverse economic growth, social inclusivity to allow all Londoners to share in London's future success and to ensure fundamental improvements in environmental management and use of resources
Mr Livingstone commented ''we've seen some real progress within the Group in implementing Responsible Procurement over the last twelve months [such as] recycling improvement the LDA's new online toolkit for smaller businesses.' In 2006/2007 the London Development Agency purchased 25% of its goods from diverse suppliers demonstrating the groups commitment to ethical as well as environmental issues.
Mr Livingstone added 'all these achievements demonstrate how seriously we take Responsible Procurement. As a world-class city, it is only right that we lead the way on making sure London buys its goods and services responsibly, and encourages other buyers and suppliers to follow, so that all communities fully benefit from our capital's prosperity.'
Article Date: 11 February 2008