EQ ISSUE 9
your business, your profits, OUR concern
Sustainable Procurement Special
Welcome to the summer Issue of EQ magazine, this quarter focusing on sustainable procurement.
Sustainable solutions deliver Gold Award
Procurement is a major part of any business, whether it’s in the purchasing of packaging, storage of materials, dealing with an end product, or buying raw materials such as timber, steel or plastics. Although it makes business sense to obtain the greatest number of materials for the cheapest price, always high environmental costs are not taken into consideration.
Carillion Case Study
Buying Sustainable Products
Putting Ideas into Practice
NW Business Environment Awards
Roll call for Green Heroes plus Local Winners
NW NHS Suppliers Bureau
Groundwork support for the NHS supply chain
Groundwork Specialist Services
This is why, in both private and public sectors, there is ever-increasing pressure from customers, clients, government and the public to ensure that purchases are from ethical, sustainable and local sources.
Groundwork services to help improve your business
This demand for change can seem to burden businesses with higher prices and responsibility, but the latest issue of EQ magazine will show this is not the case and the advantages of sustainable procurement far outweigh the disadvantages.
Groundwork EBS in Greater Manchester is funded by:
2008 Training & Events Programme
Part funded through the European Regional Development Fund
Why is Sustainable Procurement Important Now? In both private and public sectors, there is increasing pressure from customers, clients, government and the public to put sustainable procurement into practice. The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development stated that relevant authorities at all levels should; ‘promote public procurement policies that encourage development and diffusion of environmentally sound goods and services’. The UK Government has announced the development of a UK strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production. The Government report, ‘Towards Sustainable Products’, encourages environmental impact assessments of products in the design stage, and tailoring policies to specific products and issues, drawing from a ‘tool box’ of measures that include voluntary agreements, taxes
and subsidies. The Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, details how the Government is to become a EU leader in sustainable procurement by 2009 and going carbon neutral by 2012.
Sustainable business practices are good for the bottom line and can secure existing jobs as your business becomes more efficient and viable. Over the next few years, sustainable procurement will be a key part of the wider sustainablility agenda.
An accepted international definition of sustainable development is: ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ - Globally we are not even meeting the needs of the present let alone considering the needs of future generations. Real progress must be made towards reconciling these contradictions. Every business in every sector can put simple measures in place that can reduce the resources they use and ensure the products and services they buy and sell are sustainable.
Carillion Turn Green to Gold Over the last year Carillion Facilities Management has been working hard to raise environmental standards at their Piccadilly Gardens site in Manchester. Working closely with Groundwork enabled them to achieve a Gold Environment Business Pledge award. Of particular interest to the judges was how Carillion, as a Facilities Management company, is working to provide sustainable solutions in the city for the tenants’ waste. Carillion is recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, steel cans and glass, and also hopes to compost the food waste generated from the retail units, or possibly use the emerging innovative anaerobic digestion service that Fairfield Anaerobic Digestion is developing in the city (http://www.fairfield-ad.co.uk/). Carillion has been able to maximise the efficiency of the estate, especially around energy use and waste management, to reduce the environmental impact of the building, whilst achieving the environmental management standard ISO14001.
This, combined with the team’s involvement in promoting local community activities and working with Police to combat anti-social behaviour, allowed Groundwork to pursue the Environmental Business Pledge - Gold Certification on behalf of the company. Carillion was able to use its green supply chain purchasing considerations together with a list of local supplier options to choose the most sustainable form of procurement for goods and services. All suppliers to Carillion Facilities Management go through a vetting process where environmental management and performance is monitored and this is becoming increasingly important for Carillion’s clients and business partners. Within the Carillion group this is being driven by a range of policies including the Supply Chain Charter, the Sustainable Procurement Policy, and the Carillion Sustainability Excellence Model which is also driving Carillion’s performance in relation to the Flexible Framework Model which emerged from the UK Government Sustainable Procurement Action Plan.
“It has been great for Carillion’s Piccadilly Garden’s team to be awarded the Gold Award through the services we provide through customer service and sustainability advice to our technical engineering services. All of us at Piccadilly Gardens are delighted to be able to give a positive message of sustainability to our tenants and the local community in Manchester whilst being able to reduce the environmental impact of our everyday operations.” Mark Griffin, Sustainability Officer for Carillion
Carillion achieved the Manchester City Council Environmental Business Pledge Award in conjunction with assistance from Groundwork under the Enworks funded Resource Efficiency programme.
More Government Action Needed on Public Sector “Government must take action to ensure sustainable procurement policies are put into practice across the public sector.” That was the verdict of a report published by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) following an inquiry into public sector procurement - a sector worth £150bn a year. Government wants the UK to be a leading nation for sustainable procurement in the EU by 2009, but the WSBF report said progress has been patchy at best and big opportunities are still being missed. It said ‘Government pressure to make efficiency savings was driving many officials to opt for short-term affordability instead of looking at whole life costs’. The report made 30 recommendations to improve performance, including: ! Government should produce and
promote clear guidance for public sector procurement.
Buying Sustainable Products: putting ideas into practice Hopefully by now we have convinced you of the benefits of buying sustainably and ensuring that your supply chain does the same, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
packaging that is more sustainable, for example has a high recycled content, like paper or is made from materials such as hemp or jute, that are renewable and use less water to grow than cotton.
Services – explore the range of services that you get, ask to see their Environmental Policy and ask what they do about sustainability. Consider where are they travelling from, what impact they are having and do they employ local people? Finally, buy your support services locally, this should increase efficiency and reduce costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
Energy and Utilities – look at alternative means for making energy, having reduced what you use as far as possible first. For example using solar panels, or Combine Heat and Power units (CHP), solid fuel burner or ‘used oil’ burner. Failing this ensure your energy is from a sustainable supply for example, wind farms. www.ecotricty.co.uk is a 100% green tariff supplier. Raw Materials – find out from your suppliers where materials originate and how they are made. Consider if they contain dangerous substances, are made using an exploited workforce, or travel a long way, using fuel and generating carbon. Insist that materials are from local suppliers, locally sourced as far as possible, have recycled content or are fairly traded. Packaging and Transport – Investigate the options for returnable and reusable packaging. Ensure that suppliers don’t have void spaces, avoiding paying for air. Buy in
Make sure that your buying decisions take into account the whole ‘life cycle’ of the product that you are procuring, and consider the transport and labour implications as well. Another business may be able to make use of your by-product in a symbiotic way, look at the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme web page: www.nisp.org.uk for more information on increasing symbiotic and sustainable relationships between businesses. Groundwork can help you to review your procurement operations in order to make them more sustainable. Why not contact your local Groundwork Trust - see the back page for details.
! The Treasury should provide clear
leadership on sustainable procurement in its own practices. ! Government must establish realistic
budgets for sustainable procurement and provide the necessary funding to achieve it. ! More research into how building
design can achieve better efficiency. Shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth said the report was ‘truly excellent’ and added; “we need to see a huge revolution in culture and attitudes and this report takes that agenda forward.”
Northwest Business Environment Awards 2008: Roll Call of Green Heroes The Mersey Basin Campaign and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) have announced the winners of the Northwest Business Environment Awards 2008. A Cumbrian school, local council and office manufacturer are among this year’s winners of the region’s only professional awards event, to recognise and celebrate environmental excellence in business. A total of nine companies including a special accolade to acknowledge the individual achievements and leadership from one of the region’s top business leaders collected first class honours at an awards ceremony that took place on June 26th, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Honours were given for best environmental practice, built environment, sustainable procurement, environmental innovation and environmental communications.
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive at the NWDA said: “These awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise the innovative work that is being carried out by a range of companies throughout England’s Northwest. It is an excellent way to highlight the benefits businesses can gain through adopting more efficient operational practices and reducing their impact on the environment. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the business world has to face and a key priority for the NWDA and we are delighted to sponsor these awards.”
Local winners Heywood-based designers and manufacturers of water and wastewater treatment works, Biwater Treatment Limited are the winners in the Sustainable Procurement (private sector) category.
The company’s commitment to environmental improvement has led to a policy of purchasing and reusing recycled construction materials. Excavated materials are reused onsite for landscaping, rather than being disposed of in landfill, and Biwater has teamed up with a local company providing kerbs made from recycled plastic. This reduces the need to manufacture energy intensive concrete and also has health and safety benefits for employees. On one site alone, Biwater have managed to save £10,000 through using recycled aggregates rather than quarried materials. Groundwork can assist your company to put Sustainable Procurement practices in place and help your company become a winner. Contact your local Groundwork, details located on the back page for more information.
Northwest NHS Suppliers Bureau Groundwork Merseyside’s Northwest NHS Suppliers Bureau provides a pathway for businesses to potentially secure, develop and expand their business by supplying the NHS. In the North West alone, the NHS spends approximately £2.2 billion on purchasing a wide range of goods and services. By integrating sustainable development into their business practices, the NHS recognises that through its interactions with stakeholders, and by considering what it purchases and how it purchases, progress can be made towards achieving greater social inclusion and equity, as well as improving the health of the community it serves. Purchasing has direct social, environmental and economic impacts, and presents an ideal opportunity to reduce the risk of health inequalities that can come with a degraded environment, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. Groundwork Merseyside can assist businesses that are able to meet the NHS's procurement requirements whilst addressing the economic, social and environmental impacts on the NHS supply chain. Through Pre Qualification Questionnaires and tender submissions, on site support, information, and training to effectively engage and tender more successfully with the NHS on a local, regional and national basis.
Envirolink: Buy Recycled Code Funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Envirolink Northwest works on behalf of the energy and environmental technologies and services sector, which includes water and wastewater treatment, renewable energy, energy efficiency, land remediation and recycling and waste management. Of the many services provided by Envirolink Northwest, one of the most relevant to businesses in the region, regardless of their size or sector is the Buy Recycled Code. Buying recycled products makes economic sense as investment in technology, design and production has resulted in recycled products which perform as well as, if not better than, conventional products. Your company can show clearly that it is benefiting the environment, is committed to corporate responsibility, as well as benefiting its bottom line. The Buy Recycled Code is designed to help businesses in the Northwest improve their resource efficiency and sustainability by increasing their use of recycled content products. Examples of products that contain substantial recycled content range from office paper to concrete blocks.
Members of the Code submit their spend for analysis to identify sustainable recycled content alternatives available to them. They then receive a Certificate of Commitment, providing access to PR opportunities, technical advice and support, an online toolkit containing model policies and contracts, clauses and priority access to seminars and workshops. All Buy Recycled Code members can access three offers, delivered in partnership with Spiral Group Purchasing, covering recycled office products, print quality papers and promotional products, to help them switch to buying recycled. Companies that engage more closely with the Code are eligible to receive tailored consultations, advice and specific training workshops and are likely to feature prominently in Envirolink Northwest’s publications. For more information please contact James Griffin at Envirolink on 01925 856 056 or email: email@example.com
As the Supply Chain Initiatives Manager at Groundwork Merseyside, Pat Broster has worked in collaboration with the NHS for the past 5 years. This was initiated as one of seven national Health Action Zone Schemes and has been instrumental in the development of the Northwest NHS Suppliers Bureau programme. Pat says: “The NHS procures a diverse range of goods and services and they recognise the potential for them to engage with their local community, this is a great opportunity to promote North West businesses; this encourages higher standards for businesses and their employees, economic benefits and regeneration in the North West.” For more information about the service please contact Julie McManus, on 0151 644 4720.
Groundwork: Specialist Services The pressures on businesses today to minimise costs, improve resource efficiency and reduce their negative impact on the environment, as well as encouraging greater social responsibility, have never been greater as we have highlighted in this issue. In response to this Groundwork offers help to businesses with the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS). Benefits: Having an Environmental Management System in place can position your business above others when tendering for new contracts or new clients. Being able to tick the boxes and say ‘yes we have an Environmental Policy and an EMS’, gives your business a competitive edge when bidding for new work and supplying to key customers. Businesses that place stipulations on their supply chain can take assurance from the fact that if a company has an ISO 14001 or BS 8555 accredited system they’ll have excellent control over their site are unlikely to be suddenly facing legal processes or the prospect of being closed down. But there are other benefits too, including: ! Greater efficiency of resource use, such as energy, waste, raw materials, water and labour. ! Generating a service that is efficient and effective. ! Reduced risk of pollution incidents or accidents. ! Reduced risk of prosecution and improved job security.
Groundwork’s Services: 1. Gap Analysis: A short review to assess your current environmental management and where you will need to be to get BS 8555 and/or ISO 14001 accreditation.
2. Initial Review: Looking at all aspects of the business operations and how it interacts with the environment, such as air, water and land pollution. This includes process mapping, an Environmental Aspects Register and a full Legal Register of pertinent legislation to the company and their industry currently as well as pending. 3. Environmental Training: Businesses that succeed with getting their EMS implemented and supported by staff must undertake inhouse training to embed the values behind the system. The training will get staff on board, detailing the benefits of an EMS and explaining why it has been implemented. It covers what needs to be done to implement your EMS, perhaps through a steering group and also finally what staff need to do to ensure
that they are complying with it. We can offer bespoke sessions, tailored to the business aimed at management as well as shorter sessions for the shop floor staff. We can offer a complete package of training encompassing shift patterns for example. 4. The Next Stage: As part of continual improvement, businesses can work with their own supply chain to put pressure on them to save resources and reduce their own impact through simple environmental management practices and by implementing sustainable procurement. We can offer a complete and bespoke package of all or some of the services tailored to your needs. If you are interested please contact your local Groundwork Trust, details below.
Groundwork: Resource Efficiency Want to be more competitive? Want to realise significant cost savings? Want to improve your business image? All this can be achieved and more, by making your business more resource efficient. At Groundwork EBS, our resource efficiency services are designed to help you improve your environmental performance, a process that will save you money, make you more competitive within your market place and will help improve your business reputation. We provide the technical expertise to help: ! Enhance the bottom line through
! Reduce the risk associated with
legislative pressures ! Improve your image with
stakeholders To book your free Diagnostic Review contact the Resource Efficiency Team: South Greater Manchester Simon Coppack: 0161 220 1020 Oldham & Rochdale Vicki Handforth: 0161 624 1444 Bury & Bolton Richard Bernhardt: 0161 762 2650
minimisation of waste generation ! Increase efficiency with better use of
raw materials, labour and utilities ! Decrease waste sent to landfill
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Published on Jan 20, 2009