17 March 2008 | Paul Snell
Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council has won an award for its efforts in sustainable procurement.
Judges at the 2008 Sustainable Communities awards praised the council for boosting the amount of spend used with its local suppliers in food, highways and transport contracts, increasing from 40 per cent to 56 per cent over three years, worth total of around £85 million.
The team has also developed an online directory to increase contract opportunities for the voluntary and community sector.
Judges for the awards run by the Local Government Chronicle and Health Service Journal, which included Roy Ayliffe, director of professional practice at CIPS, said the project covered the three main elements of sustainable procurement - economic, environmental and social.
"The award recognises the work the team has done to use the council's spending power to benefit the district," said corporate services councillor Graham Stokes. "This includes engaging with the local suppliers to improve their ability to win council contracts, and ensuring contracts provide social benefits."
Runners-up included Barnsley Metropolitan District Council, for using their project to reduce carbon emissions, and the London Borough of Croydon for promoting the procurement of recycled products. Both authorities were highly commended.