Is your council a member? Over 50% of councils in NSW have committed to sustainable procurement by becoming members of Sustainable Choice.
What are the Member Benefits?
- Access to in-house staff training.
- Join a network of councils.
- Invitation to attend network meetings with other members to facilitate cooperation and shared learning.
- Up-to-date product development through forums with suppliers.
- Website access containing a database of suppliers to enable staff to find products and services.
- Quarterly newsletter showcasing council achievements, new products and interesting facts.
- Fact and guidance sheets on specific products, services and sustainable purchasing issues.
- Annual sustainable procurement scorecard and annual report that identifies council progress.
- Access to the case studies database and assistance with developing case studies for promotion.
- Invitation to a series of sustainable procurement workshops and forums.
Access to a range of resource documents, including:
- Other councils sustainable procurement, fleet and events policies.
- Pre-prepared draft media release.
- Sustainable tendering guidelines.
- Product briefing papers.
- Past workshop resources and presentations.
How to Become a Sustainable Choice Member
- Resolution - a council resolution re-affirming council's support for sustainable purchasing and committing council to participate in the Sustainable Choice program. A draft resolution is available in resources.
- Membership - written acceptance of the LGNSW's invitation to join the program, with inclusion of resolution date.
- All Staff Email - all staff in your council need to be aware of the benefits of being a member of Sustainable Choice, including being able to use the online database. An 'all staff' email is available in resources.
- Establishing a Team - this may be an existing team already coordinating other related programs.
- Policy - incorporate sustainable purchasing principles into council's purchasing policies and systems (your council may already have these in place). A draft is available in resources.
- Staff Education - participate in free staff peer education and information sharing between councils in the form of newsletters, workshops, and case studies produced by Sustainable Choice.
- Mainstreaming - increase the level of sustainable purchasing by integrating it with council's everyday purchasing systems.
- Reporting - participate in the Sustainable Choice annual reporting survey.