01 October 2007 | Paul Snell
Suppliers to Leeds City Council (LCC) will be encouraged to do more for the community under a new scheme.
The authority has launched a "Charter for Procuring Community Benefits", which asks its suppliers to commit to providing extra services for the city.
These could include making donations or fundraising for local groups or charities, taking part in volunteer schemes, providing work experience programmes or sharing their specialist knowledge with local organisations.
The council said it was keen to use its procurement procedures to promote social responsibility with its suppliers. The aim of the charter is to help disadvantaged communities receive more from the city's economy.
Paul Rogerson, chief executive of LCC, said: "As a major purchaser of goods and services, we want to lead the way in ensuring our own practices contribute to narrowing the gap. We want to encourage all our suppliers to demonstrate their commitment to the people of Leeds."
The charter was launched at a council event last week. Suppliers are urged to sign up to it as soon as possible.