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Positive purchasing power.

We have considerable purchasing power – and we use it for the good of our people, our place and our planet.

Aims and objectives

Ensuring that our values and principles are integrated into our procurement approach is a key part of fulfilling our duty to advance equality of opportunity. We do this through a number of key strategies and frameworks for sustainable development and responsible procurement. We are aware of the direct contribution that procurement can make to achieve an inclusive Brigade. For example, inclusion was a key feature in the specification of new firefighting kit in 2014, which resulted in new uniforms and training kit for women firefighters.

Our procurement principles include:

  • All bidders for contracts must have an equality policy, and demonstrate that as a part of their tender.
  • We discourage the inappropriate use of zero-hours contracts.
  • Where the staff of a supplier will interact with us or the public on our behalf, then they must receive equality and diversity training.

Did you know?

All public bodies in England and Wales are required to consider how the services they commission or procure improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

To meet this requirement, we will:

  • Include a minimum evaluation weighting of 10 per cent for ‘social value’, where opportunities are provided by key contracts.
  • Review relevant procurement policies and guidance to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are appropriately considered as social values.

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