Procurement goes beyond buying materials. It is where they are sourced from, their lifetime impacts, and what happens to them when they are no longer required.
Taking its lead from industry best practice, Council has reviewed its THINK Sustainability Procurement Policy. This strengthens Council’s commitment to transparency and fairness in procurement, from purchasing paperclips, hire of festival equipment to earthmoving machinery.
Most importantly, Council procurement is required to address four dimensions of sustainability. These dimensions, known as the quadruple bottom line are shown in the diagram above.
What do they mean in practice?
The THINK Sustainability Procurement Policy has enabled Council staff to procure:
A recent project that was influenced by the policy was the resurfacing of the road on Davis Street Dulwich Hill. Staff in Council’s Civil Works Department identified the opportunity to procure an alternative product – Tonerpave. After successful trials of the product in Melbourne roads, Marrickville has become only the second Council in New South Wales to use the product.
The product performs well on quadruple bottom line criteria:
Council has supported other social initiatives:
Hosted in our very own Steel Park, Njuri coffee van is an enterprise that procures coffee from Kenyan farmers in a fair trade arrangement. Council staff provided assistance to service provider Settlement Services International to launch the project. The coffee van provides a step into employment in the hospitality industry to refugees and migrants – equipping them with a barista skillset.
Meanwhile, Council has become a Fair Trade community – which doesn’t only mean we stock Fair Trade teas and coffee! A Fair Trade Steering Group helps foster business community uptake of Fair Trade products, allowing more and more workers to receive a working wage.
Marrickville Council is a member of the Local Government NSW Sustainable Choice purchasing program. Take a look at the Sustainable Choice website.