The actions of the public sector have a huge impact on society, the economy and the environment. Therefore, public organisations have a responsibility to make sure they consider all of these aspects when spending public money.
In recent years, Scotland has embraced the concept of sustainable procurement to achieve economic, social and environmental value from the money spent by the public sector. This is embedded in our business goal to be sustainable in everything we do.
Scotland Excel has championed sustainable procurement across local government and the wider public sector. In 2010, we introduced Marrakech Task Force (MTF) training, based on a sustainable public procurement approach developed by the United Nations. Since then, Scotland Excel has hosted MTF workshops for over 200 local authority and public sector delegates.
We also led the development of the Flexible Framework self-assessment tool for sustainable procurement which was rolled out across the public sector. Scotland Excel is leading the development of methodologies, tools and best practice to help customers meet their sustainable procurement obligations detailed in The Procurement Reform Act (Scotland) 2014.
The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and recent changes to EU directives mean an even greater focus on the role of procurement as a driver of sustainability. We believe that Scotland Excel is well placed to be at the forefront of this new approach to public procurement.