Public Procurement and Property

Sustainable Procurement Tools – New Sustainability Tests and Prioritisation Updates

December 13, 2023 by No Comments | Category Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Procurement Tools

New best practice sustainability tests are now available on the Sustainable Procurement Tools website.

The new products join the six best practice completed sustainability tests added to the website in 2022. They will help buyers undertaking the sustainability test for similar commodities, or for those new to the tools.

About the completed sustainability tests

There are two new completed examples covering:

  • uniforms and textiles; and
  • furniture

Examples covering the following commodities are also available:

  • buildings retrofit
  • cleaning products and services
  • tyres
  • vehicle maintenance and repair
  • laboratories: including equipment, consumables and maintenance
  • facilities management (FM)

Users will need to be registered on the website, and login to access the examples, which can be found in the library. The best practice examples are intended to form the basis for completing the sustainability test for similar commodities.

If using one of the examples, the user should amend it accordingly to reflect their local circumstances with respect to what they are buying, their organisational strategies or plans or specific organisational objectives.

Additional background information in the form of resource documents have been developed for each example to support those users who would like a ‘deeper dive’ into the Sustainability Test issues. The resource documents are available from the Case Studies and other resources page.

We continue to develop the sustainable procurement tools, and add new products to complement the existing materials. The completed sustainability tests have been developed with the input of public sector colleagues, and we thank you for your involvement.

Prioritisation Updates

In response to user feedback, several other enhancements were recently applied to the prioritisation tool:

  • prioritisation tools appear by newest first in the Overview page
  • users can include pence in their spend against categories
  • a field has been added to the Relevant Strategies page so that users can add any specific organisational objectives or note.
  • An Understanding your results page has been provided (users can access this via their prioritisation tool summary)

If you have any good examples of prioritisation tools or sustainability tests and you would be happy to share these with other users of the website, you can do this via the ‘Suggest for Library’ facility.

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