21 November 2008 | Paul Snell
Independent auditors have awarded three public sector organisations in London "gold" status for their work on sustainable procurement.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London have all been recognised for their work on green purchasing in the 12 months by the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code (GPC).
The organisations were graded on the processes they have in place to provide sustainable procurement, including policy, engaging suppliers and measurement, and their record on green purchasing. A gold rating reflects the equivalent of reaching level three or beyond on the government's flexible framework for sustainable buying.
A further 24 organisations achieved a silver award and 9 more achieved a bronze. Of the code's 177 signatories, 126 entered the progress review, and 49 were assessed by a third-party.
The GPC is a free support service for London organisations that provides practical advice and support for members. Members of the code include those from across the public, private and third sectors.
Those organisations that have signed the GPC spend just under £10 billion on procurement annually and last year spent £306 million of sustainable goods and services.
The organisation's annual report said environmental criteria must be given a greater weight in public sector tenders. It said analysis had found including green criteria in contests did not necessarily translate into spending on green products, because often the weighting was too low.