Responsible procurement is the purchase of goods, works, and services in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way that delivers value for money and benefits not only to the council itself but also the city region and its citizens, as well as wider society. Procurement can play an important role in reducing environmental impacts and working towards sustainability through the products and services we choose.
As part of the formal tender process companies are being asked to demonstrate what they are doing in terms of their environmental practices and community support. Throughout the procurement lifecycle we will engage with stakeholders to ensure our procurements properly reflect need and opportunity, and take account of the wider context, including the council’s plans and strategies, locality working and procuring responsibly.
Council, community and business leaders in Leeds are adding their voices to promote a new Social Value Charter for the city, underpinning the benefits of social value in all activities, investments and relationships.
The new Charter was launched at Leeds Beckett University’s Broadcasting Place on 24th May as the first formal opportunity to declare support for this Leeds commitment to be a healthy, fair, compassionate and caring city where everyone benefits from the city’s economic growth. Individuals and organisations will be given further opportunities to sign up to the Charter in the future when they are ready.
You can also view the charter online (PDF 215KB).
Further information on our procurement aims and ambitions can be found in the Procurement Strategy within the Documents section of this page.