Sustainable procurement balances economic, environmental and social considerations in the procurement process. Sustainable procurement can minimise the environmental impact of public sector organisations, as well as benefitting society, the natural environment and reducing overall operating cost of business.
Sustainable procurement achieves the Government’s commitment to spend public money efficiently, economically and ethically by considering issues such as:
- Pollution control, waste minimisation, recycling and disposal options
- Energy efficiency and resource consumption
- Adopting environmental technologies and biodiversity
- Planning laws and asset design use and maintenance, including heritage and culture
- Manufacturing and production effectiveness
- Social procurement and social investment
- Skills development, workplace and supply chain diversity
- Employee rights and conditions, unfair competition and ethical behaviour
Undertaking sustainable procurement will require agencies to integrate sustainability principles, planning and implementation into their procurement practice.
A section on sustainable procurement within the the NSW Procurement Policy Framework (July 2015) (PDF,695KB) gives agencies overarching guidance when applying sustainable procurement strategies.
Sustainable procurement memorandums, circulars and guidelines
Examples of sustainable procurement
The North West rail link - It has a clear vision around sustainable infrastructure delivery.
Liverpool City Council - It has a vision for the environment.