14 February 2008
The Scottish Parliament has launched its first responsible purchasing strategy.
It focuses on four areas to improve the parliament's sustainable buying. These are improving professional standards for purchasers, environmental impact, ethical and social issues and increasing access to contracts for SMEs and Scottish suppliers.
The purchasing team has also included the development of its own buyers in the strategy, as it believes it is an area often neglected by other "sustainable" policies. Lynn Garvie, head of procurement, said: "If you don't deal with that you can't succeed in the other areas."
The strategy includes appointing a "champion" for each of the four areas to promote them. The skills and training within the department will also be reviewed and a library of responsible procurement information will be developed.
The strategy has been endorsed by pressure group WWF Scotland. "This is a systematic approach that really aims to transform parliament's culture," said Simon Pepper, WWF ambassador.See news focus