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Date for your diary: Exploring the issues between Procurement & Self-directed Support legislation
19th September 2018, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

An event exploring issues for local authorities when meeting their legal duties under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and regulations, and the Social Care (Self-directed Support)(Scotland) Act 2013.

Speakers will include:

  • Procurement lawyers, Lauren Little, Partner at TC Young and Robin Fallas, Partner at MacRoberts LLP
  • Lorna Ascroft, the Reform of Social Care Programme Lead at Scottish Government.
For more information and to book tickets now see Event Brite

who we are


  • A team of International experts in enabling practical sustainable and circular economy outcomes through procurement and supply.
  • Our team has a background in procurement, private sector supply and business and sustainability within the UK and overseas.
  • Our highly qualified and experienced team provides services on a retained or project basis.

how we are different Apples

  • As our clients' 'critical friend' we are experts in the interaction between procurement and supply; environmental, ethical, socio-economic and related business continuity and organisational best practice.
  • We have extensive experience within public, private and third sector procurement and supply in the UK and in many other parts of the World.

who we work for

  • Over 50 countries
  • Governments and public bodies
  • Large and small private sector procurers and suppliers.
  • Third sector.
  • Agencies and support organisations such as UNEP, ICLEI, WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland.

ISO20400 - the first global Standard for Sustainable Procurement

The International Standards Organisation launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, to establish guidelines for organisations to make supply chains more sustainable.

The standard is a guidance standard; while organisations such as Sustainable Procurement Limited may be able to provide verification that an organisation is operating to the principles of ISO20400, as with the long-standing British Standard BS8903 it is not a certificated standard. The focus is on embedding good (sustainable) procurement practice including supply chain management.

For more information on the standard and its relevance to you contact Barbara Morton or Philip Duddell.

Client Testimonials

‘One of the best delivered courses I have attended’.
February 2018, Delivering Sustainable Procurement.

‘Barbara was good at communicating and was really nice, easy to listen to.’.
April 2018, Delivering Sustainable Procurement.

‘Really enjoyed this training. The level of presenting vs the level of participation was good. The trainer was excellent. Of the 5 days training from 3 different companies Barbara was the best, she kept everyone engaged and focussed.’.
January 2018, Social Issues in Procurement.

‘All of the course was extremely useful’.
November 2017, Life Cycle Costing.

‘One of the better courses on sustainability’.
November 2017, Embedding Sustainable Procurement.

‘Great couple of days - perfectly balanced and insightful’.
November 2017, Embedding Sustainable Procurement.

‘Great course, excellent content, delivered by very knowledgeable and experienced trainer’.
September 2017, Delivering Sustainable Procurement in Contracts and Frameworks.

‘Thank you for a very interesting and informative course’ and ‘I found the course to be useful and enjoyable’.
April 2017, Social Issues in Procurement.


Social Enterprise World Forum

The Social Enterprise World Forum held in September, turned into a truely international event. The gathering social enterprises, Government, investors, service providers, support agencies, community, and supply chain partners, to share good practice and lessons for social development.


DWP Consultation

The Department for Work and Pensions are consulting on the Occupational Pension Schemes Regulations, including the consideration of financial material risks including Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance. Consultation closes on 16th July.


Social Value Act

The cabinet office has announced plans to extend the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2013 to ensure that all government departments evaluate social value when commissioning services, awarding contracts based on social value, rather than just value for money.


Palm Oil in the supply chain

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is struggling to ensure registered companies trade only in palm oil that has not come from deforestation. Monitoring palm oil use in the supply chain is therefore extremely difficult. Enforcing palm oil free products should be the top priority, only where absolute assurance regarding the sustainable sourcing of palm oil is possible should it be considered.


Destination of e-waste

A recent study into the final destination of e-waste has determined that at least 15,400 metric tonnes of non-functioning used electronic and electrical equipment (UEEE) was shipped to Nigeria between 2015 and 2016, a direct violation of the Basel Convention prohibiting exports of UEEE.
This highlights the importance of tracability in the supply chain, and duty of care responsibilities when disposing of any WEEE or passing on UEEE.

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