New charter for council suppliers: Have your say
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Ambitious proposal to promote social responsibility throughout Birmingham City Council’s supply chain and beyond are the subject of a new consultation – and local businesses are being urged to have their say.
The city council has launched its draft Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, alongside the introduction, The Power of Procurement. Business people throughout the city are being asked to read the draft charter and answer the survey questions by Wednesday 28 November 2012.
The overall aim is to ensure suppliers’ support for improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area. Should it be adopted, suppliers that sign up to the charter will commit themselves to six main principles, summarised below:
Signatories will create employment and training opportunities, seek opportunities to work with schools and adopt innovative procurement strategies to create jobs and apprenticeships.
Buy Birmingham First
Signatories will use suppliers close to the point of service delivery, use finditinbirmingham as the primary method of sourcing suppliers and commit to using pre-qualified finditinbirmingham members.
Partners in Communities
Signatories will support community organisations, improve local facilities and areas, support and mentor the third sector and work with youth organisations.
Signatories will support staff development and welfare, adopt the Birmingham Living Wage, recognise employees’ rights, prohibit all discrimination and have a whistle-blowing policy.
Green and Sustainable
Signatories will commit to protecting the environment, minimise waste and energy consumption, measure and reduce carbon emissions and adopt the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ philosophy.
Signatories will employ the highest ethical standards, support human rights, adopt best practice in procurement and pay suppliers on time.
Full details of these principles can be found in the draft Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.
The council’s survey seeks to collect businesses’ views about the proposal. The responses will be used to review the draft and make any necessary changes before a final version is prepared for adoption by the council and its suppliers.
City companies keen to tell the council what they think can take part by downloading the Business Charter for Social Responsibility Consultation questions.
Once complete, the forms should be returned to email@example.com with the words ‘Business Charter for Social Responsibility’ as the email subject.
The closing date for responses is Wednesday 28 November 2012.
‘The Power of Procurement’ Introduction to the draft Charter (Word doc)
‘The Power of Procurement’ Introduction to the draft Charter (PDF)
Draft Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (Word doc)
Draft Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (PDF)
Business Charter for Social Responsibility Consultation questions (Word doc)
Business Charter for Social Responsibility Consultation questions (PDF)