Responsible procurement is the purchase of goods, works and services in an environmentally and socially responsible way that delivers value for money and benefits the local area. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has this at the very heart of its agenda – from achieving Gold Standard of the Mayors Green Procurement Code and winning awards in categories in the Mayors Code awards in both 2009 and 2008, to fitting out fire stations with solar panels and replacing our fleet with less polluting vehicles.
Through delivery of our Procurement Strategy (see related documents) and implementation of the GLA group Responsible Procurement policy (see related links) we are actively addressing the impacts associated with our own procurement activities, and working with our suppliers to address their impacts. The Procurement Department has had ISO 14001 certification since 2005 and an associated Environment Policy (see related documents) to provide a systematic approach to addressing our impacts.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, recently released the report ‘Delivering Value for London, (see related links for Mayor's website) which sets out his vision for improving London through responsible procurement up to 2012.
We will continue to focus on what we buy, why we buy it and how the product or service procured impacts upon environmental or social issues in terms of its production or 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.
The Newly released report ‘Delivering Responsible Procurement’ highlights the progress made by LFB and the other functional bodies in delivering responsible procurement over the past 4 years and summarises our future focus and direction.
As a result of our efforts some 180 staff of LFB contractors are paid a living wage; we’ve increased our sustainable spend by over £8m; key contracts include requirements for apprenticeships and we continue to spend over 21% of our annual procurement spend with SME’s despite budget reductions and the push for aggregation of contracts. To see the full report go to: http://www.london.gov.uk/rp/