28 October 2008 | Jake Kanter
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its key suppliers have agreed a Sustainable Procurement Charter.
The voluntary scheme, signed by defence secretary John Hutton yesterday, will encourage the MoD and its suppliers to work closely together to help educate the supply chain, develop performance measures and share best practice in sustainability.
The "majority" of the department's vendors have signed up to the agreement, including BAE Systems and construction firm Carillion. Supplier group the Defence Manufacturing Association has also joined the project and the MoD has called on all its other providers to follow.
Hutton said the MoD hopes more sustainable purchasing practices will also deliver better value for money. The department already operates schemes such as the Green Commander Fleet Radar Programme, which requires that radars are designed to environmentally friendly specifications and use recycled materials.