Sustainable Procurement Tools

Risk or opportunity

  • Are there opportunities to generate employment and training opportunities; or develop skills in potential suppliers' existing workforce?

For example, targeted recruitment and training opportunities, apprenticeships, or employment of young people who are not in employment, education or training; long term unemployed or other priority groups. 

In relevant contracts, community benefit requirements should be reflected throughout the procurement process, including: 

  • in the contract notice
  • in technical specifications, (that can include the method of production or provision of the requested goods, works or services)
  • as part of supplier selection
  • in award criteria that can include social and environmental characteristics
  • in the contract award notice 

Contract suitability and market capacity to meet a specific requirement need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Preliminary market consultation is crucial to be able to determine whether the market is capable of delivering a specific community benefit or whether requiring such would place too large a burden on suppliers.