17 August | Innovation in Sustainable Procurement

17 August | Innovation in Sustainable Procurement

14:00 – 16:30pm | Bridgend College
In association with Orangebox

Members £15.00 plus VAT | Non-members £18.00 plus VAT


The supply chain is where most of the risks, challenges and opportunities lie for any organisation that aims to achieve success through responsible practice. The Well-being of Future Generations Act is already influencing the way that public bodies procure goods and services. Whether you are a public organisation or a private business, this event will be informative and thought-provoking. Learn how other public bodies are altering their purchasing practices, how businesses are influencing their supply chain and how you can give your company an edge in winning contracts from responsible public and private organisations.

“We cannot create more business value through sustainability without involving the supply chain…. This is one of the most important sustainability interventions we can all make.”

Phil Cumming, Director, Koru Sustainability

In this shared learning event we will hear from three leading organisations that are using strategic procurement processes to maximise environmental and social capital and themselves offer others the certainty of responsible supply.


Introductions by the event hosts, Bridgend College and Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru


Gareth Banks, Orangebox

Trisha Hoddinott, Melin Homes

Christine Thorne & Amanda Davies, Public Health Wales


Summary and reflection by Ed Evans, CECA Wales


Orangebox are a leading Welsh-based furniture manufacturer with a global reputation for design and quality. They are committed to the concept of the circular economy – minimising waste to a target of zero by putting used material back into the supply chain. Where they have to use new, the ensure it is from  accredited renewable sources. They support the concepts of carbon footprinting and chain of custody. The standards they offer to their customers, are expected from their suppliers. Disclosure, accountability, and collaboration are key to what they do.

Melin Homes are a housing association who have created opportunities for small local companies, and continue to influence small and micro businesses to achieve benefits for communities and disadvantaged families. Head of the sustainability team, Trisha Hoddinott will explain how the responsibility for procurement now resides with her team and what this means in practice.

Public Health Wales used the move of headquarters to a new building as an opportunity to put into practice, sustainability principles in the context of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The organisation is one of 44 public bodies in Wales that have a duty to pursue a common set of goals and apply sustainability principles to all decision making. Christine Thorne, Head of Procurement at PHW, will tell the story of how procurement decisions preceding the office fit-out, delivered carbon emission reduction and diverted waste from landfill as well as saving costs. Christine’s colleague, Amanda Davies, is responsible for staff engagement on sustainability and will talk about the interface between procurement decisions and the colleagues that are affected by them.

Bridgend College takes procurement very seriously and aims to maintain its momentum in procuring according to the principles of sustainable development across all areas of the college and at all levels. Working in partnership with Cynnal Cymru they are hosting this shared learning event.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss different approaches and learn about government support and practical tools to help your organisation to maximise social and economic benefits, minimise your impact on the environment and health as well as helping to achieve long term value for money.

Orangebox, Melin Homes, Public Health Wales, CECA Wales and Bridgend College are all Cynnal Cymru members and together we are committed to share learning, challenge thinking and inspire change.



The boardroom is located on the Bridgend campus www1.bridgend.ac.uk/about-us/campuses/.

There will be ample free parking on site which is a twenty minute walk from the rail station. Buses that stop by the campus are listed here. The boardroom is located in block F, floor 2.


Our 321 shared learning events are an opportunity to explore aspects of sustainability in greater depth. They operate on the basis of three speakers, two hours, one topic. Each speaker presents their work/research as a different facet of the whole. Speakers are expected to make their presentations as practical as possible and to provide workshop activities to assist learning and critical reflection.

The audience has ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic as well as network and make new contacts.

The events are informal and designed to share learning and create the potential for collaborative projects and ideas.