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Sustainable Procurement

The City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Procurement Policy provides a framework for City of Edmonton purchasing activities in order to create intentional positive environmental, social, and economic impacts, while maintaining open, fair and transparent procurement processes.

The umbrella of City Policy C556A, Sustainable Procurement, includes:

Ethical Standards

The City of Edmonton requires suppliers and their subcontractors to adhere to minimum standards related to ethical business practices. These ethical standards encompass minimum requirements related to:

  • Labour standards
  • Employee treatment
  • Wages and benefits
  • Working conditions
  • Ethics standards 

All suppliers entering into a procurement agreement with the City of Edmonton using a City standard form of agreement will agree to the terms of the City’s Supplier Code of Conduct, as may be amended by Administration from time to time.

Environmental Sustainability

The City of Edmonton will identify and integrate environmental sustainability requirements into purchasing procedures and supply chain management processes to advance the City's progress to achieving and maintaining climate resilience including emissions management, reduced pollution, energy efficiency and waste minimization.

Social Value Considerations

The City of Edmonton will implement social value considerations for existing purchasing opportunities, provided any such social value considerations are consistent with the City’s obligations under applicable trade agreements. Social value considerations will address social and economic issues that are descriptive in social impact outcomes related to employment, training and skills development, social value supply chain and community development.

The Supplier Code of Conduct

The Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the minimum performance expected from suppliers and their subcontractors and supports the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Procurement Policy.

The goal of the Supplier Code of Conduct is to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for the people who make and supply goods, and provide construction, intellectual property rights and services for the City, where conditions meet internationally agreed upon standards as embodied in the many conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Code ensures the City maintains its integrity as a public institution by contracting only with suppliers who support ethical business practices. 

The standards set out in this Code are based on a set of fundamental ILO labour conventions that directly support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These conventions set out minimum standards for working conditions. 

Adherence to the City’s Supplier Code of Conduct will facilitate supplier compliance with the fundamental labour conventions of the ILO, relevant laws, and other applicable environmental and ethical standards; however, suppliers and their subcontractors are responsible to ensure that they comply with relevant laws and standards.    

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