12 November 2008 | Paul Snell
Be Birmingham, a local strategic partnership (LSP) that brings together businesses, communities and voluntary organisations, has been commended for its work on sustainable procurement.
The LSP drew up a "sustainable procurement compact" which brought together an estimated £6 billion spending power to support local business and communities. It commits those signed up to spending to improve sustainable development - such as buying local food, which reduces food miles, supports local business and improves local health.
A report from the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), the independent government watchdog, highlighted the work done by Be Birmingham. ILSPs have enormous potential to help sustainable development, it said, and they should continue to deliver sustainable procurement despite current economic conditions.
Alice Owen, commissioner for local and regional government at the SDC, said: "Increased pressure on funding and resources make a long-term, integrated and sustainable view of decision-making more vital than ever."