Sustainable procurement and support for SMEs and the Third Sector within our supply relationships.
We are committed to operating ethically and with integrity across all our business relationships, including our interaction with suppliers and customers.
In recognition of the environmental and social impact of procured goods, services and works, we aim to:
- Always purchase from suppliers that operate sound environmental policies, and whose practices are sustainable and ethical;
- Work with key suppliers to help spread sustainability improvements through the supply chain wherever possible.
Our procurement team works to meet all appropriate legislative and best practice standards, as captured in our Environmental and Sustainable Procurement Policy. This includes working in line with the Government Buying Standards and the Greening Government Commitments.
The Met Office is commited to deliver social value through its commercial and procurement activities and to set the priorities in relation to social value. Social Value Policy outlines Met Office considerations how economic, social and environmental wellbeing may be improved by services that are to be procured.
Modern Slavery Act
The Met office is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its commercial and procurement activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Attached statement relates to actions and activities to date and those planned up to 2021.
Modern Slavery Helpline on Tel: 08000 121 700 or online at: www.modernslaveryhelpline.org. The Helpline provides information and advice about modern slavery, a 24-hour telephone reporting line and an online reporting function through the website.
The Met Office is a member of the following local organisations that promote sustainable procurement:
- Devon Procurement Partnership - a collaboration between Devon public sector organisations
- Green Accord - an accreditation scheme that helps companies to implement sustainable working practices in their business
Supporting SMEs and the Third Sector
We encourage participation of SMEs and the Third Sector in its supply opportunities and we work to remove some of the barriers faced by these organisations during the purchasing process. We prepared a Met Office SME Action Plan to help to achieve a greater cooperation with the sector.
Whenever appropriate opportunities are available, consideration is given to:
- Flagging contract opportunities that are considered suitable for SMEs within the advertisement process;
- Using lots within the tender procedure by breaking down the particular requirements and providing opportunities for SMEs and Third Sector;
- Asking main suppliers to evidence their achievement of value for money through the effective use of their supply chain, including how SMEs and the Third Sector can gain access to their sub-contracting opportunities;
- Requiring the delivery of workshops with SMEs and Third Sector organisations on the selection of sub-contractors by prime contractors supplying large construction contracts;
- Accepting equivalent standards and evidence from organisations bidding for contract opportunities;
- Accepting both private and public sector-based references and evidence of capability from bidders.
We aims to reduce all invoice payment times to 10 working days and is a signatory of the UK government Prompt Payment Code.
Wherever possible, these terms are passed on to any sub-contractors engaged in support of a Met Office contract.
The Met Office supports Procurement Connection - a community interest company connecting local public sector organisations with their local business community.