Sustainable procurement is a process whereby organisations 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 to the organisation but also to society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.

We strive to make sustainable procurement decisions to achieve the best outcome for all our customers. This includes: buying recycled products, reducing carbon emissions in services we contract for, collaborating with other authorities and government bodies to improve efficiency and working with local suppliers, SMEs and Third Sector organisations.

Local Government Sustainable Procurement Strategy

We have adopted the Local Government Sustainable Procurement Strategy that was published in March 2007. The strategy sets out local government's intent and supports the national goal for the UK to become a leader in the EU on sustainable procurement by the end of 2009.

The Lambeth Sustainable Procurement Charter

Procurement at Lambeth is committed to the achievement of value for money, standards of excellence and best practice in the procurement of supplies, services and works which help deliver the Council's key corporate objectives. We believe in procurement practices that balance the needs of the economy, the environment and society and have established our aims and goals in the Lambeth Sustainable Procurement Charter. The Charter details how our procurement activity will reflect best practice in sustainability practice and how we will implement a programme of measures designed to improve our sustainable procurement capability.

The Small Business Friendly Concordat

We have signed the Small Business Friendly Concordat, committing ourselves to making it easier for Lambeth's businesses to work with the council.

The Small Business Friendly Concordat is a set of good practice principles that sets out what local businesses can expect when looking to win business from, and when doing business with, the council.