Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Leading edge procurement policies praised

Leading edge procurement policies praised

Waikato Regional Council’s sustainable procurement stance has been praised as leading edge, ground breaking and a first for New Zealand at an event attended by more than 160 current and potential suppliers.

Purchasing sustainably means choosing suppliers to enhance environmental as well as social, cultural and economic outcomes.

The council recently held the sustainable procurement event which involved experts offering advice and support on meeting sustainability requirements in tenders and contracts to the region’s business community.

One key note speaker, Calum Revfem from Envirostate, who has worked with Z Energy, Toyota and Honda, praised the council’s approach.

“I believe Waikato Regional Council is the most advanced regional council in New Zealand when it comes to walking the talk in terms of sustainability,” Mr Revfem said.

Three years ago the council adopted a policy whereby decisions on any tenders and contracts worth more than $50,000 must include a 10-15 per cent “sustainability weighting” of “non-price” matters, while contracts worth less than $50,000 must have “an appropriate sustainability weighting”. This makes the regional council the first to use an across the board sustainability weighting throughout its supply chains.

Council CEO Vaughan Payne said it was great to see that so many forward thinking businesses had come to the event.

“The council was involved in starting up the Ballance Farm Environment Awards 20 years ago in the Waikato and these have now gone national, helping to drive changes in farming practices. We’re hoping our leadership on sustainable procurement will have a similar impact.”

He said Waikato Regional Council’s mission was to work with others to build a Waikato that has a healthy environment, a strong economy and vibrant communities.

“One way we demonstrate that mission is through our sustainable procurement practices. We spend about $83 million annually, with over 1400 suppliers and contractors. This means that we have the scale and opportunity to make real, positive differences to our environment, our economy and our communities through its purchasing.

“We have a duty to spend our ratepayers’ money responsibly. That means not just financially responsible spending, but also socially and environmentally responsible spending.

“It is up to the council, to show leadership in this area and reward businesses and organisations which are innovative and sustainable, and use that as a driving force for change in the region.”

Anna D’Arcy, the council’s business sustainability advisor, said she believed the ripple effect of the sustainable procurement policy will change the way business is done in New Zealand, first in the Waikato and then nationally.

“Other councils and government departments are closely watching the Waikato to see how this goes, with a view to following suit,” Ms D’Arcy said.

The concluding speaker at the event, Dr Eva Collins, associate professor at Waikato University, agreed.

“Businesses are inextricably linked by the supply chain. When one influential organisation demands a greater level of sustainability, it raises the bar for everyone. Organisations discover they can conserve resources, save money, increase productivity and promote their values all at the same time."

See more at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/procurement

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Greens Proposal To Gradually Lift The Minimum Wage

Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to announce.

The minimum wage boost – by 75 cents an hour to $15 in December, and then by gradual annual increments to $18 an hour by 2017 – that the Greens are talking about is just one part of a packet of employment measures that would include scrapping youth rates and the 90 day trial period, introducing a redundancy package of four weeks, offsetting any abatement effect of the policy package for those receiving Working For Families, and finally… ditching the exception made by the government (during the Hobbit negotiations) for workers in the screen industry, which denies them normal workplace safeguards and entitlements. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

2014 General Election: Voting Period Begins

The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. More>>

ALSO:

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis. More>>

ALSO:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news