Sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement

General Dynamics UK recognises its responsibility to carry out procurement activities in an economic, environmentally and socially responsible manner

In accordance with our Environmental Policy we will strive to incorporate socio-economic/environmental considerations into our product and service selection process. We encourage our key suppliers, partners and contractors to minimise any negative impacts associated with the products and services they provide. Our purchasers review the supply base for their goods and develop business cases for selection and renewal, which include sustainable principles.

We also encourage the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions, including any reductions resulting in improvements to goods or services, generated by the core activities of General Dynamics UK and our key suppliers.

Our policy statement aims to provide a framework for existing suppliers, potential suppliers and partners for the investigation and introduction of environmentally friendly processes and products.

Sustainable Procurement Policy Statement

We will:

  • Comply with all relevant current statutory regulations that impact on procurement and require that our suppliers and contractors (and their supply chains) do the same
  • Seek to procure environmentally sustainable goods and services that minimises the impact to climate change (eg accreditation to a recognised environmental standard)
  • Encourage all suppliers and contractors to adopt policies and systems in relation to their corporate responsibilities, sustainability and ethics which lead to improved environmental performance (eg ISO14001, EMAS, OHSAS 18001)
  • Seek to procure materials and services which are ethically sourced, and demonstrate application of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code standards
  • Encourage use of local suppliers and contractors to minimise the environmental impact associated with transportation, as appropriate
  • Develop an active sustainable procurement programme with key suppliers prioritising according to perceived risk and opportunity, spend and frequency of contract
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