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SEEPP leaders outside Canada

A number of American, Asian and European municipalities have also instituted sustainable, ethical and environmental purchasing.

Some sustainability policy leaders and their achievements:

City of Albuquerque

  • Key Initiatives: has included environmental and ethical practices within their procurement policies that address low wages, working conditions and child labour and local preferences.  The City also has a legally enforceable remedial action program in place should suppliers violate the provisions of the contract. Vendor handbook for suppliers.
  • Date Implemented: 1984
  • Major Guidelines and Criteria Employed: quantified preference factor for bids by local bidders; greater than 20% preference for products with recycled components; affirmative action to assure that a fair share of city purchases of goods and services, including construction work, is made from enterprises owned and controlled by minorities and women.  Outlines procedures for life cycle cost analysis in purchasing.
  • Scope of Policy and/or Program: percentage share of city purchases of goods and services
  • Status of Implementation: approved and ongoing

City of Los Angeles

  • Key Initiatives: has a widely recognized Sweat-Free Procurement ordinance in place (Article 17 to Division 10 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code) that provides direction to administration and suppliers and includes mechanisms for compliance, enforcement and remedial action; Contractor Code of Conduct
  • Date Implemented: November 2004
  • Major Guidelines and Criteria Employed: living wage defined as an annual income equal to or greater than the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services most recent poverty guideline for a family of three plus an additional 20 percent of the wage level paid either as hourly wages or health benefits (American employee) or the World Bank's Gross National Income per capita Purchasing Power Parity index (non-American employee)
  • Scope of Policy and/or Program: equipment, materials, goods, and supplies
  • Status of Implementation: approved and ongoing

The European Union (EU)

  • Key Initiatives: Integrated Product Policy (IPP) encouraging member states to purchase greener products on a voluntary basis.  The IPP is based on a life cycle approach to product purchasing.  In the past two years, the EU has issued a handbook on best practices with Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) and an action program for 'greening' procurement.  In 2007, the EU plans to identify products with the greatest potential for environmental improvement
  • Date Implemented: 2003
  • Major Guidelines and Criteria Employed: eco-design guidelines; environmental management system; ISO 14025 – Environmental Product Declarations
  • Scope of Policy and/or Program: emphasis on packaging and electrical and electronic equipment
  • Status of Implementation: approved and ongoing

City of Sendai (Japan)

  • Key Initiatives: encourages less consumption; environmental and ethical preferred goods and services are chosen from environmentally conscious businesses; currently organizing the International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN) to share information and resources
  • Date Implemented: March 2001
  • Major Guidelines and Criteria Employed: emphasis on toxins, energy and material efficiency, sustainable natural resource management, durability, reusability, recyclability and character of business
  • Scope of Policy and/or Program: "numerical targets" determined for the procurement of environmental goods and services each fiscal year
  • Status of Implementation: approved and ongoing

More information

More SEEPP information is available on Sustainable Environmental & Ethical Procurement Policy(SEEPP).