06 January 2009 | Paul Snell
The group in charge of staging the 2012 Olympics has published its sustainable sourcing code.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has established four main principles in the policy; responsible sourcing, use of secondary materials, maximising resource and energy efficiency and using "healthy" materials.
The principles provide criteria for vendors including the assurance factories and workplaces will meet the standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative base code, and making sure all animal hides used in goods are a by-product of the food industry.
The organisation has selected three categories - branded products, products sourced from overseas and labour providers as priority areas for the code to be applied in full and it will apply to all suppliers. The code says the principles set down are the minimum standards expected and vendors are encouraged to do more.
LOCOG is expected to let around 5,000 direct contracts, with around 25,000 further deals further down the supply chain, between 2009 and 2012.
Paul Deighton, CEO of London 2012, said in a statement: "One of the most important aspects of this for me is that we are able to develop this as we progress, this is just the first edition. As we move forward, learn more and gather feedback from others, we can ensure we stay current in this area and indeed across all of our sustainability themes."
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), responsible for the construction and infrastructure of the games, launched its own sustainability code covering 12 principles in 2006 (Web news, 4 August 2006).
* The ODA has also placed a tender to find suppliers of 2,000 trees to be planted in the Olympic park over the next three years. More than 60 vendors have registered interest on the procurement portal CompeteFor.