LUPC achieves Level 3 of Flexible Framework

Oct 28, 2014

LUPC has officially reached Level 3 of the Sustainable Procurement Flexible Framework.

The Flexible Framework is a widely used self-assessment mechanism developed by the business-led Sustainable Procurement Task Force (jointly funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and HM Treasury), which allows organisations to measure and monitor their progress on sustainable procurement over time.

However, LUPC’s assessment was independently verified by Jane Waring of Ammatis Ltd, who has been working in the field of public sector sustainable procurement for several years, to ensure integrity of the consortium’s results.

The report by Ammatis Ltd details LUPC’s improvements to move from Level 2 to Level 3 across five themes: People; Policy; Strategy and Communication; Procurement Process; Engaging Suppliers; and Measurement and Results.

It states: “LUPC has made further considerable progress in ensuring that sustainability issues are assessed and action is taken throughout the procurement process as standard practice. In working through the Flexible Framework principles there is clear change in the approach to a wide range of themes and a sound structure for further development.”

LUPC’s director Andy Davies said: “We’re really proud of this result, and we’re delighted to have independent verification of our results, not always the case in other organisations who self-certify. We are now developing an action plan to reach Level 4 in future.

“Alongside our decision to become a founder member of Electronics Watch, a new independent organisation that aims to monitor working conditions in the global electronics industry, we’re really stepping up a gear in our commitment to sustainable procurement this year and hope it inspires our Members to do the same.”

Read LUPC’s Flexible Framework Level 3 report.

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