Sustainable Choice - The Sustainable Approach to Procurement in Local Government
Sustainable Choice assists local government to integrate sustainability into their procurement systems and purchase sustainable products and services. Every purchase counts and Sustainable Choice can make it easier; it’s the responsible and sensible approach to procurement.
Sustainable procurement isn't just about being 'green', nor is it limited to environmental impacts. Sustainable procurement is about good business practice that focuses on socially and ethically responsible procurement and delivering economically sound solutions while minimising an environmental impact.
For every procurement decision made, no matter how large or small, there is an impact other than the upfront financial outlay. Sustainable procurement takes into account the total purchase cost - economic, environmental and social within a wider framework of good governance. These four factors are together called the quadruple bottom line, referred to as QBL, which is at the heart of sustainable procurement.
Benefits of Membership
All councils are eligible to join and member councils enjoy the benefits of being part of large network, including the sharing of knowledge, experience and resources with other members. As a member of Sustainable Choice, your council will get exclusive access to a range of resources, products and services, some of which are listed below:
- General advice and guidance when required
- Access to comprehensive suite of online resources
- Free attendance at forums
- Annual Sustainable Procurement Scorecard and Performance Report
- Access to tradeshows
- Quarterly newsletters
Additionally as a member you will be able to access fee-based Sustainable Choice services at a discounted rate, such as:
- Sustainable procurement training
- ISO 20400 training
- ISO 20400 gap analysis
Sustainable Choice Products and Services Database
Unlike any other, the Sustainable Choice Products and Services Database is a comprehensive online supplier database listing suppliers of sustainable products and services by category and location. All suppliers, products and services are assessed against a number of sustainability indicators prior to inclusion in the database. The listings indicate which indicators have been met.
If you are a new supplier, apply here.
If you are an existing supplier, you can update your details here.
Sustainable Choice News
Sustainable Choice News is published quarterly, showcasing successful initiatives being undertaken by councils, along with information on sustainable products and services.
The 2017 annual Sustainable Choice Sustainable Procurement Survey is now open and has been sent to all councils. The survey questions have been revised significantly from previous years and are now consistent with the new international guidance standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400:17 - Sustainable Procurement Guidance.
The survey must be completed in one sitting only, it is not possible to save your work and come back later. As such, the Sustainable Choice Survey Assistance Tool 2017 has been developed and outlines all the questions.