Case studies: Procurement

Case study 1

Agency uses the procurement process to influence good practice

The board of a regional development agency has taken a strong lead in ensuring the implementation of the equality duties across the organisation.  For example, in order to meet its objectives to be more accessible and inclusive, it was keen to see equality and diversity mainstreamed in the organisation’s procurement processes.

The e-procurement process used by the agency advises potential suppliers that it is essential service for providers to demonstrate how they have taken all reasonable steps to allow equal access and equal treatment in employment and service delivery.  A series of questions enables the agency to gather this information.  To support this process, the following actions have been taken:

  • equality assurance accreditation has been gained through a recognised external body
  • an e.procurement website has been developed to widen out tendering opportunities
  • suppliers in the region have been encouraged to seek equality assured accreditation
  • the agency has joined an EU-wide supplier diversity network.

The e-procurement process enables the agency to monitor all tender applications to confirm the make-up of organisations wishing to provide services.  It can therefore identify any gaps in its supplier base and consider how these may be most effectively be addressed
 

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