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What part can procurement play in making an organisation more sustainable?

Countdown to SFHA Procurement Conference: 16 days to go 

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What part can procurement play in making an organisation more sustainable? SFHA Events Assistant Mollie Stephen spoke to Lesley Anderson, Head of SPA Procurement, SPA, ahead of her session at Procurement Conference on 18 March.

Lesley Anderson said: “Sustainability can be built into the entire procurement process, from defining the requirements, through to effective pre-market engagement, and supporting the local economy by utilising appropriate value bands and regional lotting structures. 

"Procurement can drive social value for communities through the inclusion of community benefits and the requirement for corporate social responsibility at tender stage."   

Come along and hear from leading procurement experts on the key procurement issues and considerations for the year ahead. 

The event will look at how RSLs can best drive meaningful community benefits and impactful social value contributions in their localities. Other sessions will look at effective procurement practice, including procurement collaboration, and delegates will hear case studies of those who have taken a proactive approach to contract management and tender specification. Sessions will also explore how to adapt procurement practice to meet environmental benefits as well as the benefits of working with similarly socially responsible businesses. 

Delegates will also hear from Colin Taylor of Scotland Excel and Mark Turley, from the Scottish Government on the Procurement Support Programme. They will update on the recent support programme and outline the next steps.

You will also learn about the next phase of training in partnership with SPA and how you can get involved. 

The Procurement Conference is taking place on 18 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The Development Conference takes place the previous day on 17 March.

The delegate fee for both days starts at £229 for SFHA members (£319 for non-members), which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments. If you book to attend both days, the cost is £395 – a saving of £63, and you can send a different delegate each day. 

Book your place via the what’s on section of the SFHA website or contact the SFHA Events Team at events@sfha.co.uk.

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