Purchasers sought for green buying award

25 October 2011

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25 October 2011 | Angeline Albert

The UK’s next sustainable procurement champion is being sought by the City of London Corporation (CLC).

The CLC, which provides local authority services to public organisations in London’s Square Mile, is seeking entries for the ‘sustainable procurement’ category of its 2011/2012Sustainable City Awards.   

Organisations that have adopted innovative ways of addressing the social, economic and environmental impacts of purchasing and supply chain decisions are being encouraged to enter the green buying category. 

Simon Mills, head of sustainable development at the CLC said: “In the face of public sector cutbacks, UK businesses have stepped up to the plate when it comes to sustainability. Resource efficiency and innovative products and services will drive future economic growth. For the highly commended and winning organisations, this accolade will help them to compete for both limited funding and external support, expanding the reach of their programmes as resources become ever-more precious.”

The 2010/11 winner of the sustainable procurement category was Get More Local. The GLA Group was highly commended and other organisations that made the shortlist were Friends House Hospitality, London Fire Brigade and the London Borough of Haringey.

The awards are run in partnership with trade bodies, voluntary sector organisations and businesses that make up the judging panel. Award category winners get the chance to enter the EuropeanBusiness Awards for the Environment. 

The closing date for entries in the Sustainable City Awards is 14 November and the winners in all 12 categories will be announced in ceremony held at the Lord Mayor of London’s official residence at Mansion House next March. Click here for judging criteria and an application form. Organisations do not have to be based in London to be eligible to apply.

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