It is good practice to notify bidders of any particular contract performance requirements or any essential award criteria early in the process.
This can be done by including details in the contract notice or a Prior Information Notice, so that they can take an early view on whether they can satisfy the requirements.
These can be included at section V1.3 Additional Information of the contract notice. Below are examples of wording that can be used for this purpose:
‘The contracting authority has included obligations within the contract conditions relating to ethical working conditions and labour standards, which are relevant to the products/services to be delivered.’
‘The contract/framework agreement supports the Scottish Government's National Performance Framework, and the National Outcomes which articulate the Government's Purpose to focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. This framework supports the following National Outcomes, and contractors are expected to support the Authority’s aim to achieve these.' [Insert relevant National Outcomes - see above].
‘The contracting authority expects those it contracts with to adopt ethical business practice and to ensure transparency in their supply chains. Criteria will be included to ensure that bidders support these principles in practice.’