Wake Smith LLP Procurement and Sustainability Policy
Procurement and sustainability have a major impact on the environment, both locally and globally. The two issues go hand in hand and cannot be dealt with in isolation.
As a firm Wake Smith LLP has developed a Procurement and Sustainability Policy in order that we can reduce our environmental impact and conduct our business in a responsible manner. With the sustained commitment of our people we are able to respond to the challenges of creating a more environmentally responsible business.
Products and services can cause damage to the environment; by using environmental procurement these impacts can be reduced.
Environmental procurement means combining the best economic solution with environmental criteria. Whilst sustainable development is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is therefore our responsibility to purchase goods and services that have the most beneficial environmental impact. We therefore need to consider not only the source of materials, but also their longevity in the work place and eventual disposal.
All staff are required to support and implement environmentally friendly procurement and sustainability practices.
- To use the least environmentally damaging goods and services and promote Fair Trade goods
- Where possible source goods locally in order to cut down unnecessary transportation of goods
- Buy products that are made from recycled and sustainable material and/or are recyclable and have minimal packaging
- Select more durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives.
- Maintain and repair furniture, equipment and other products so as to extend its life
- Buy energy efficient appliances and equipment
- Ensure that all energy sourced contains an element of green energy
With regards to suppliers Wake Smith LLP will;
- Encourage suppliers to introduce more environmentally friendly processes and goods
- Work with suppliers to enable a greener supply chain
- Assess the environmental credentials of major suppliers and their goods