Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 5 May 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

5 May 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Transforming Public Procurement stakeholder survey reminder

The Transforming Public Procurement programme aims to reform public procurement legislation and create a simpler, more flexible, and more transparent commercial system. The Procurement Bill – which will replace the existing EU procurement rules – is currently progressing through Parliament. The Cabinet Office is running a series of stakeholder engagement sessions and surveys throughout the process in order to “enable them to gather valuable insight and information to inform development of the programme, guide implementation of the new reforms when they come into force and help measure the impact of the programme over time”. The deadline for the latest stakeholder survey is Tuesday 9 May. Thank you to those of you who have already taken the time to respond.

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Driving towards net zero – top tips for building transport sustainability into your procurement (Crown Commercial Service Procurement Essentials)

Transport is the largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK. Adapting your travel and transport procurement strategy can significantly impact the environment through helping staff, people and goods move around in an easier, healthier and more sustainable way. There is huge potential for public sector transport procurement solutions to be a force for good, tackling air pollution through increasing the efficiency of public and fleet travel but knowing where to start can be the biggest challenge. Begin with a deep dive into the interlinking elements of your transport emissions with Crown Commercial Service's Driving towards net zero top tips to help you assess what aspects of your procurement strategy can be altered to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Air quality strategy

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published the Government's new air quality strategy: framework for local authority delivery, which sets out the actions for local authorities to take in support of the Government’s long-term air quality goals, including the new PM2.5 targets. Air quality is an environmental risk to public health, with children, the elderly and the already vulnerable most affected. Poor air quality has consequences for the natural environment and biodiversity and the updated strategy addresses these issues, providing a framework to enable local authorities to make the best use of their powers and make improvements for their communities. It supersedes the air quality strategy volume 1.

Shiva Foundation's local authority modern slavery guidance virtual event series – access the slides and recordings

Shiva Foundation is keen to share the slides, recordings and other resources from a series of virtual events on its Modern Slavery Self-assessment Scorecard and guidance. The sessions were informative and personable, sharing everyday practical ideas, experiences and solutions related to:

To discuss any questions or feedback surrounding the resource that you might have, please book a 30-minute free call with Dami, Shiva Foundation’s Senior Program Manager, or email

World Sustainable Contracting Day – 17 May

World Commerce and Contracting will host a free virtual event on 17 May for World Sustainable Contracting Day (WSCD) – dedicated to promoting continuous improvement in embedding sustainability into contracts and the contracting process. WSCD is bringing together more than 2,000 professionals representing every trading relationship from legal and procurement to contracts and commerce from across the globe. Katrina Browning of Suffolk County Council and Ken Cole of the East of England LGA (EELGA) will be discussing outcomes of the recent pilot of the Responsible Procurement Diagnostic.

Download the 'Delivering sustainability through responsible procurement' White Paper


The Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund
Friday 12 May, 2.00pm–3.30pm | Virtual event (Zoom)

CIPFA Conference – Unleash the power of procurement to deliver better public services
Tuesday 16 May, 8.30am–3.30pm | The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) auditorium, 1 Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

World Sustainable Contracting Day
Wednesday 17 May, 5.00am–9.00pm | Virtual event (Zoom)

Supplier Development Programme (SDP) Meet the Buyer Conference
Wednesday 17 May, 10.00am–4.00pm | Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Heat networks and heat pumps (Net Zero Go innovator workshop)
Thursday 18 May, 10.00am–12.00pm | Virtual event (Microsoft Teams)

Accelerating decarbonisation through public procurement
Thursday 25 May, 10.00am–11.30am | Virtual event (Zoom)

Procurex National Conference
Thursday 1 June | Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC), North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT 

Towards a Social Value Economy – The Social Value Conference
Tuesday 13–Wednesday 14 June | Church House, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ | In-person and virtual event

The Children's Services Commissioners' Conference
Wednesday 28–Thursday 29 June | The Hayes Conference Centre, Hayes Lane, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU


The LGA Procurement team manages several LGA webpages dedicated to your needs. Please email if you would like any information added to our webpages:

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