We are in changing times, with UK and Welsh Governments declaring a climate emergency, the uncertainty resulting from Brexit and the unknown long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our approach to procurement must be sustainable to build a better future for our future generations.
The Wales Procurement Policy Statement (2015) adopts the Sustainable Procurement Task Force definition of procurement as:
“..the 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 in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment”.
We want to ensure that our citizens and the regional supply chain can benefit from the portfolio, thus improving the overall economy across the Swansea Bay City Region for future generations.
Our portfolio stakeholders recognise that the adoption of City Deal procurement principles by all project stakeholders, lead officers and suppliers is key to achieving this.
The 5 Procurement Principles:
Have an open, fair and legally compliant procurement process
Maximise Community Benefits from each contract
Use Ethical Employment Practices
Promote the City Deal
Procurement of suppliers for the construction stage is only the first part of the process, the Principles look beyond the initial construction phase and where appropriate also apply to the operational service of the assets when built.
A Procurement Pipeline document has been created that shows what each project is intending to procure showing the procurement route and when tenders will be issued.