04 January 2007 | Antony Barton
New sustainable procurement guidelines will allow London's communities to benefit from the city's prosperity, according to Mayor Ken Livingstone.
One aim of the Greater London Authority Group's sustainable procurement policy is to ensure contracts offer fair opportunities to smaller suppliers, those led by minority ethnic groups, women and disabled people.
The policy, launched last month, covers the organisation's £5 billion annual spend.
Under "ethical sourcing practices", the GLA says it will work with suppliers who offer wages and benefits that meet industry benchmarks or national legal standards.
It will also only engage with those who "do not support or facilitate the trade in drugs, arms, tobacco, slavery or prostitution".
A spokesman for the GLA told SM it would promote the policy through its supply chains and seek legally binding contractual commitments from suppliers to support its implementation. There would not be a blanket requirement for suppliers to sign up to the policy.
The spokesman said an important part of this policy was the Mayor's Green Procurement Code, a voluntary scheme aimed at helping organisations to increase their use of recycling and recycled goods.