This consultation closed on July 23, 2013. The Council adopted a Sustainable Procurement Policy in October 2013, available through the 'Related downloads' section of this page.
Feedback is being invited on a new draft policy which sets out the approach Orkney Islands Council will take in future to make sure sustainability is a core consideration in the procurement of work, goods and services.
The proposals, which go out to consultation today, are designed to ensure that sustainability is considered at each stage of the procurement process.
In line with the Scottish Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, the policy sets out how procurement decisions should take account of the social, economic and environmental impact on the people and communities of Orkney.
David Rendall, OIC’s Head of Buildings and Facilities, said: "We welcome feedback and will consider any responses that we receive very carefully.
“We want to ensure as best we can that local businesses are given an opportunity to actively participate in procurement activities undertaken by the Council.
“We hope that the new policy will be read and be of interest to a wide range of contractors and suppliers who would like to do business with OIC.
“In recent years OIC has increasingly moved to awarding contracts on the basis of value for money rather than lowest price. The inclusion of sustainability criteria is a good way of building on this shift in focus."
(The draft sustainable procurement policy was available as a download. Copies are also available from Colin Morton at Orkney Islands Council on 01856 873535 ext. 2363 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org )
The consultation runs until July 23.
Responses can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Gary Butler, Procurement Manager, Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY.