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Sustainable Purchasing

The City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy encourages staff to purchase quality products, services and construction at competitive prices while considering key environmental and social benefits over the entire life-cycle of the product or service, including: 

  • Energy and water efficiency
  • Reduced resource requirements
  • Recyclability
  • Biodegradability
  • Minimal packaging
  • Durability
  • Workplace health and safety
  • International labour standards and
  • Human rights
  • Total cost of ownership
  • Supporting small and medium businesses where possible

The policy is being applied in a phased approach to select commodities/purchasing groups and will include sustainable criteria or specifications in product and service opportunities. For more information on the phased approach and the progress of the policy’s implementation, please see the “2010 Sustainable Purchasing Report to council” located in Related Documents to the right.

The Supplier Code of Conduct

The Supplier Code of Conduct sets the minimum performance standards for Suppliers and their subcontractors and supports the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

The goal of the Supplier Code of Conduct is to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for the people who make goods, construction and services for the City, where human and civil rights conditions meet internationally agreed upon standards as embodied in the many conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The social standards set out in the City’s Supplier Code of Conduct are based on a set of 'core' ILO labour conventions that directly support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and address the worst forms of child and forced labour.
These core conventions set out reasonably achievable minimum standards for working conditions in manufacturing facilities and factories internationally.

Complying with the City’s Supplier Code of Conduct will ensure that Suppliers are in compliance with the core labour conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Canadian laws and other applicable environmental and ethical standards.

The City will apply its Supplier Code of Conduct as one of the criteria used in its selection of Suppliers. It is a requirement that City Suppliers and their subcontractors follow this code.

For More Information

Yvonne Chen

Title Strategic Coordinator



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