Responsible procurement is a process whereby organisations such as Lambeth Council meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis.

This generates benefits not only for Lambeth, but also to society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.

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1. Responsible procurement at Lambeth Council

Responsible Procurement supports the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012; the principles of the Act require procurement officers and commissioners to consider the economic, environmental and social benefits of their approaches to procurement in the early stages, before the buying process starts.

Lambeth procurement officers and commissioners identify social and community benefits in order to decide the best approach of the services required. Officers will also use Responsible Procurement to re-think outcomes and the types of services to commission before starting the procurement process.

2. Community benefits

Lambeth procurement officers work alongside commissioners and Cabinet Members to identify potential community benefits and social value in a contract that is due to be let. The potential community benefits identified are developed and integrated into the product or service specification that suppliers are then required to deliver; these benefits and social value become core elements of the contract. Some of the benefits that procurement officers are seeking:

  • support of the Cooperative Council
  • employment opportunities and apprenticeship programmes
  • adoption of the London Living Wage
  • use of local resources and supply chains
  • reduction of carbon emissions