The Department is committed to integrating sustainability factors into its procurement activities. We will use our purchasing power to maximise environmental, social and economic benefits and to minimise waste, securing value for money in the long term.
Through our many roles as an employer, partner, estates manager and purchaser, we contribute in many ways towards a range of sustainability issues. These include energy efficiency, waste reduction through re-use and recycling schemes, and minimising vehicle emissions and greenhouse gases.
Equally, our main business contributes to wider economic and social objectives by encouraging children to develop skills and knowledge that will equip them for life and work.
Purchasers should continue to seek value for money, providing evidence sustainability has been addressed in their decision-making.
Procurement activity can have a considerable influence. Department purchasers take a proactive approach and can encourage colleagues to consider procuring sustainable products where appropriate.
The Department is committed to operating efficiently and with minimal negative environmental impact. Procurement can have a considerable influence by:
This code sets out the standard of information the public can expect to receive about the environmental impacts of consumer products. The Government first launched the code in 1998 and updated it in 2000 to take account of the international standard (ISO 14021) on environmental claims.
In summary, the code states a green claim should be:
More information on the code is available on the DEFRA website.
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