Responsible procurement is the purchase of goods, works and services in an environmentally and socially responsible way, which delivers value for money and benefits the local community.
Our approach to responsible procurement corresponds to how we deliver social value through procurement.
The Brigade has this at the very heart of its agenda – from requiring apprenticeships in the new build of our fire stations to workwear that supports a more diverse workforce, and from fitting our fire stations with solar panels to replacing our fleet with electric vehicles.
Through the implementation of the GLA Group Responsible Procurement Policy we are actively addressing the impacts associated with our own procurement activities, and working with our suppliers to address their impacts.
The Brigade has had ISO 14001 certification since 2005 and an associated Environment Policy to provide a systematic approach to addressing our impacts.
We will continue to focus on what we buy, why we buy it and how the product, service or works procured delivers greater value, including addressing environmental or social concerns in terms of production, use or disposal.
We will continue to work with our existing suppliers to help them develop responsible procurement action plans and identify new suppliers that can help us achieve our aims.