Sustainable Purchasing Policy & Implementation Plan
2016 to 2017
Under direction from Mayor and City Council, Reeve worked with the City of Mississauga to develop a sustainable purchasing policy and three-year implementation plan. The project involved in-depth internal and external stakeholder consultation, as well as a benchmarking exercise. In response to broad-based support, the policy takes an inclusive approach to a range of key environmental, social and ethical objectives, encourages City staff to consider sustainability in all procurements and seek out opportunities for positive social and environmental impact.
Reeve helped Mississauga embed sustainability in their procurement modernization process and apply it as part of the roll-out of their new online Enterprise Procurement Centre. We also worked closely with the legal group and involved them in vetting the newly drafted policies and procedures.
At the conclusion of the project, Mississauga City Council unanimously approved the policy, the 3 Year Sustainable Procurement Strategy, and resources to hire a Program Coordinator and develop and roll-out a training program for buyers, contract managers and client department teams.
“The breadth of experience and public-sector connections that Tim and the Reeve team have brought to the City’s Sustainable Procurement Initiative (SPI) has been invaluable. Their practical and proven approach gave our staff confidence that social and environmental procurement was achievable and aligned with our existing core priorities. The insights they facilitate through the MCSP Social Procurement Working Group has already allowed Mississauga to advance more effectively. “- Natalie Adams, Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator, City of Mississauga