Sustainable procurement encompasses the ethos of the sustainable procurement duty placed on us by the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and aims to maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits resulting from our contracts. Procuring sustainably can play a key role in helping Scotland improve economic growth, encourage innovation, boost employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities and help small and medium enterprises (SMEs), third sector organisations and supported businesses to compete effectively for contracts.
Our commitment to undertaking our procurements in a sustainable manner is documented in our Corporate Procurement Strategy 2023 and our Annual Procurement Report 2022.
Our contracts, where applicable, require the delivery of community benefits. Transport Scotland has developed a community benefits metrics template, which is used on our procurements and contracts. The metrics template includes a non-exhaustive list of activities that we consider to be community benefits, and suppliers can use this information to support the development of their community benefit proposals when tendering for our contracts. Our Annual Procurement Report includes examples of community benefits which have been delivered on our contracts over the last financial year.
Community benefits delivered on our contracts frequently include a selection of the following:
- generating employment and training opportunities for priority groups
- vocational training
- up-skilling of the existing workforce
- equality and diversity initiatives
- making sub-contracting opportunities available to SMEs, the third sector and supported businesses
- supply-chain development activities
- encouraging and developing capacity in community organisations
- working with schools, colleges and universities to offer work experience, mentoring and curriculum development
- gifting of surplus materials such as top soil, timber etc. for community projects
- sponsoring of local events
- interactive workshops for schools making use of suppliers expertise
- provision of bird boxes, wildlife ledges and wildlife awareness raising sessions
- volunteering opportunities
Transport Scotland is committed to promoting Fair Work First, including payment of the Real Living Wage, through our procurement activity. For further information for employers on embedding fair work principles in their organisation, use the Fair Work Employer Support Tool.