Sustain Wales Summit

Sustainable Procurement for a Sustainable Future

Our third annual Sustain Wales Summit was held on 07 June 2018 with a focus on Sustainable Procurement. The Summit looked at different aspects of procurement in the context of a variety of economic sectors. Sharing good practice and ideas from local, national and international organisations. Our themes this year focused on:

PROCUREMENT 4Rs | Remove Reduce Reuse & Recycle plastics from products and packaging

CONSTRUCTION & TRANSPORT | Adding value through engagement and communication

PEOPLE AND SERVICES | Delivering well-being throughout the supply chain

The decisions that organisations make when buying goods and services have wide-ranging environmental, social and economic impacts. Procurement decisions can have a significant impact on progress towards a sustainable Wales.

The Environment and Well-being of Future Generations Acts provides legislative foundations on which to build an economy in Wales that is distinctive, competitive and provides assurance to investors, customers and collaborators that Wales is a country where business activity supports the social and environmental systems that make any economy possible. Our goal should be that all business procurement considers the long-term impacts, and realises the full value of a contract, service or product, and not just the ‘price’. Better procurement is a key platform to support sustainable economic growth in Wales and we all need to be better at procurement, both those bidding for work and those issuing the bids.

As well as the elimination of waste and the creation of a circular economy, procurement has a key role to play in bolstering our communities and retaining wealth in Wales. Community benefits are at the heart of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement. The Summit will therefore highlight the social dividends that procurement can deliver as well as the environmental harm that it can avoid. The Summit will acknowledge the role and duty of the public sector but it will be focused on the added value that business can bring when it aligns itself with the policies and practices of local and national government.

We all need to ensure these principles are developed and implemented so that together we can co-develop a unique Welsh Way of doing business.



Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for the Environment
The Welsh Government’s approach

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council
The local authority’s recent commitment to a ‘plastic-free Carmarthenshire’


PROCUREMENT 4Rs | Remove Reduce Reuse & Recycle plastics from products and packaging

Sponsored by Ecosurety

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Robbie Staniforth, Ecosurety
Introduction to the session
Dealing with the problem onshore and making recycling part of our supply chain

Meegan Jones, Volvo Ocean Race
Turning the tide on plastic

Bettina Gilbert, Wrap Cymru
Procurement best practice with new research on plastics

CONSTRUCTION & TRANSPORT | Adding value through engagement and communication

Sponsored by Jacobs

Heather Pope, Jacobs UK
Introduction to the session
Sustainable practices in the construction industry

Danielle Ingleson, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
An inclusive approach to community benefits: The Rhondda Fach pilot

James Goodall, Enterprise Holdings
Mobility as a sustainable service


PEOPLE AND SERVICES | Delivering well-being throughout the supply chain

Sponsored by Melin Homes

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Trish Hoddinot, Melin Homes
Introduction to the session
New approach to sustainable procurement of services and closing the loop

Kyle Darlington, Orangebox
Ethical procurement of people and services

Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru – Living Wage Foundation
Paying employees and contractors a fair wage (& how this contributes to strengthening local economies)

Q&A session