RDN to establish sustainable procurement policy

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RDN to establish sustainable procurement policy

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Gabriola Sounder

Mon., Oct. 11, 2021 2 minutes. read

The Regional District of Nanaimo is progressing with establishing a sustainable procurement program after the board of directors authorized $75,000 to work with an expert to establish it along with run a board workshop to determine objectives and concerns.

Sustainable procurement policies intend to record desired and unexpected financial, ecological and social effects of purchases. Task bidders would be anticipated to show neighborhood advantage of proposed quotes.

The board selected not to move forward with the personnel suggestion, which was to continue with a procurement policy draft partly based upon the Town of Qualicum Beach and City of Nanaimo’s procurement policies along with the RDN’s tactical strategy, and invest $25,000 on an execution guide and personnel training.

Some board directors argued the suggested alternative, while more affordable, didn’t show clear adequate intents.

” A big part of success is how do you figure out the weighting,” Electoral Area B Director Vanessa Craig stated prior to the vote and in reaction to the draft policy. “I would anticipate to see a bit more information in how these things are going to be weighted and identifying our concerns and likewise how it would be evaluated.”

The City of Nanaimo carried out a sustainable procurement policy in February. RDN Chair Tyler Brown, a Nanaimo councillor, warned versus going without a board workshop if the RDN is to “prosper in a cultural shift.

” It’s a more extensive procedure with the board than we completely understand.”

Reeve Consulting, who dealt with the City of Nanaimo to establish their policy, will likewise be the employed expert for the RDN. Personnel kept in mind Reeve has experience with both sustainable and social procurement policy advancement. A 3rd alternative up for factor to consider by the board was to choose the group at British Columbia Communities Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI), of which the RDN is a dues-paying member, and invest $25,000 on execution guide advancement and personnel training. RDN personnel kept in mind the BCSPI is just concentrated on social and not sustainable procurement.