London authorities set sustainable procurement 'benchmark'
London's regional governing body, the Greater London Authority (GLA) claims to have made significant progress in introducing fair and sustainable procurement.
A review published today (February 11th) indicated the progresses made by the GLA in ensuring social and environmental considerations are at the forefront of its decisions when purchasing goods and services.
Achievements highlighted within the report include Transport for London's awarding of £2 billion of contracts using responsible procurement criteria and the London Fire Emergency Planning Authority's award-winning green procurement policies.
"We've seen some real progress within the group in implementing responsible procurement over the last 12 months, from recycling improvements to London Living's Wage, the East London Line, the Green Procurement Code and the London Development Agency's new online toolkit for smaller businesses," said the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
"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," he added.
Last week, Mr Livingstone revealed plans to boost the sustainability of London's film industry, launching a new initiative with the involvement of the UK Film Council and union Equity.
Article Date: 11 February 2008
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