Weight of expectation

11 August 2008

Blog pic By Jake Kanter

Last Friday, we revealed the OGC’s new plan for sustainable procurement in government. It marked yet another set of initiatives for public sector buyers. They will be asked to adopt strategies including using shared services and encouraging more efficient use of workspace, as the government strives to meet sustainable operations targets set out by Tony Blair in 2006.

Add to this a raft of other expectations announced recently (See ‘Buyers have social 'duty'’ and ‘Public sector suppliers urged to improve gender equality’) and public sector purchasers have much to consider when they go to market. But, according to Nigel Smith chief executive of the OGC, they are not achieving the one thing they should be – securing value for money from procurement.

Do public sector buyers have too much to consider when approaching suppliers?

How can they keep a balance between meeting social targets and securing value for money?

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