Sustainable Procurement Compact: making markets work for Birmingham
Be Birmingham partners collectively spend an estimated £6 billion on purchasing goods and services. If they work together, they can influence markets. They can create opportunities, promote innovation and improve environmental performance by encouraging their suppliers to work with them on achieving these goals and, specifically, the priorities set in the Local Area Agreement.
Procurement is the means by which organisations obtain the goods and services they need in order to perform their functions. Those goods and services include transport, human resources, energy, food and a whole range of products of every description.
Sustainable procurement involves ensuring that value for money is maximised, taking into account the social, economic and environmental aspects of the purchasing decision concerned. Instead of looking at the purchase price alone, buyers will take into account costs, benefits and consequences over the entire life of the item purchased, including its eventual disposal. They will think about employment and training opportunities, waste, greenhouse gases, and a whole range of social, economic and environmental impacts. They will work together with other agencies to maximise benefits, taking into account how their purchase will affect other buyers.
The Birmingham Sustainable Procurement Compact is a commitment by Be Birmingham partners to join forces and harness their buying power to benefit all the citizens of Birmingham. The Compact was launched on 12 March 2008, when it was signed by the following organisations:
- Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Birmingham City Council
- Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust
- Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership
- BVSC, the Centre for Voluntary Action
- St Basils
- University of Birmingham
- Advantage West Midlands
- Government Office for the West Midlands
- The Learning and Skills Council
- West Midlands Fire Service