Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy
The Council is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all people irrespective of sex, age, race or disability. The Council is keen to ensure that its suppliers abide by the law and are working to best practice in this area. All suppliers, as part of the tender process, will be required to provide evidence that they have equal opportunities policies in place and are committed to them.
Sustainability and Environmental Policies
The Government's definition of 'value for money' in the context of procurement is 'the optimum combination of whole-life cost and quality (or fitness for purpose) to meet the user's requirement'.
Procurement, therefore, has a far broader meaning than that of purchasing, buying or commissioning. It is about securing services and products that best meet the needs of users and the local community in its widest sense. Stratford on Avon District Council therefore takes sustainability as well as cost and quality into account when choosing suppliers.
Local Government expenditure on goods, works and services has significant economic, social and environmental impacts. Minimising our impact in these areas, and where possible having a positive influence, helps to improve local quality of life and promote sustainable development. The cornerstone of sustainability is achieving development and progress that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet its own needs.
The Local Government Act 2000 gives local authorities the power and duty to promote or improve the well being of the local area and contribute to achieving sustainable development in the UK.
Corporate, Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.
Businesses do not exist in isolation. Their employees depend on the business. Its customers, suppliers and the local community are all affected by the business and what they do. Their products and the way they are made have an impact on the environment.
Health & Safety
The Council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees and that of all others affected by its undertakings. Contracts to supply goods or services will only be awarded to contractors who can satisfy the Council requirements in terms of resources required and their health and safety competence.
Successful contractors/suppliers are expected to demonstrate compliance with current health and safety legislation including:
Fraud and Corruption
Any suspicion of fraud or corruption will be taken seriously by the Council in accordance with the Council policies.