Sustainable Procurement Award

This category is intended to recognise those organisations that are leading the way in addressing issues such as climate change through their sustainable procurement activity.

Applicants can cover all types of activity, such as recycling, carbon reduction, increasing employment opportunities, waste reduction, training or delivering environmental benefits, to name just a few initiatives.

The focus is on how organisations have developed their policies and processes in order to manage the key stages of procurement delivery and to drive innovation, creativity and genuine progress in the delivery of their contracts.

Open to: Public sector organisations and private/voluntary organisations with documented support from a sponsoring authority ‒ for example, a written statement with the name and position of the sponsor, either within the submission or as an attachment.

Timescale: A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period January 2022 to October 2023.

Entry Questions

Please describe the sustainable approach that your organisation has undertaken through procurement, including, where appropriate, within the procurement process itself. Please include details of why this approach was chosen, the aims and deliverables that were desired and the critical success factors to successful delivery. desired and the critical success factors to successful delivery. (This answer will not be scored)

Please describe the benefits your organisation’s sustainable approach was intended to deliver through the procurement process and the measurable benefits it has both created and achieved.

What aspects of the approach have been particularly innovative, creative or ground-breaking (while remaining within the bounds of procurement legislation)?

What level of engagement was undertaken with parties, both within and outwith your organisation, to ensure that the approach was thoroughly scoped and designed with improving sustainable outcomes through this procurement?

What specific challenges have been faced in the procurement approach taken and how were these overcome?

What were the expected outcomes of the procurement initiative and what success has been achieved to date? Please provide evidence of specific targets set, feedback received and performance or other measurable benefits achieved.

Has your organisation spread the benefit of this initiative to other organisations or stakeholders and with what effect? What lessons have been learnt, that can be shared, as a result of the exercise?