Ethical & Sustainable Procurement

STAR Responsible Procurement Strategy

STAR and the councils it supports have agreed a Responsible Procurement Strategy to reflect important changes to how we work and to place responsible, sustainable and ethical procurement at the heart of everything we do. It recognises the national, regional and local influences which shape our procurement world and sets out how we will achieve our business objectives through procurement activity. It is designed to be simple and clear, demonstrating how we will deliver procurement worth to the STAR Councils and their partner organisations through the five core objectives set out in our Business Plan.

STAR and our Partners expect all suppliers (and their sub-contractors) to work in partnership with us and to comply with the Core and Additional Expectations set out in Annex 1 of the Responsible Procurement Strategy.


Our commitment to responsible procurement

Procurement decisions can have major implications and impacts on society, economies, and the environment, both locally and globally, now and for future generations. Companies need to source products and services both responsibly and ethically in order to ensure global sustainable development. We are committed to adopting ethical and responsible values in all our actions and activities.

Our Responsible Procurement  Strategy 2019-2022 sets out our committments and promises to the organisations we work with and their suppliers. In recognition for these commitments, CIPS has awarded us their Corporate Ethics Mark for the last two consecutive years.

CIPS Corporate Ethics Kitemark - 0721


Ethical and Responsible Procurement Iniatives

Our Partners are committed to furthering ethical and sustainable procurement in various ways. We provide below further information around some of the iniatives our Partners have pledged commitments to support.

Unite Construction Charter

The STAR Partners are committed to ensuring that construction workers are protected, and achieve the highest standards in respect of:

  • direct employment status health & safety
  • standard of work
  • apprenticeship training
  • the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment

Therefore the STAR Partners expect all suppliers of works / construction via them to adhere to the requirements of the Unite Construction Charter.

All Equals Charter

The STAR Partners are committed to protecting all workers, and creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people. Our Partners believe that everyone deserves their whole selves to be accepted without exception, and without fear of discrimination. It is expected that all suppliers to our Partners to abide by the All Equals Charter principles.

Tyred Campaign

The STAR Partners are committed to the campaign to ban the use of tyres over 10 years old on all commercial vehicles. We will work to make sure that tyres of more than 10 years old are not used within the STAR Partners’ supply chain. More details on this can be found at The Tyred website.

Driving Out Single Use Plastics

The STAR Partners are committed to driving out the use of Single Use Plastics within their supply chains, and within the region. They support the GM ambition to dramatically reduce avoidable single use plastics in the region. More details can be found at PlasticFreeGM.

Fair Tax Mark

The STAR Partners are committed to ensuring organisations they do business with are responsible and pay the right amount of corporate tax. They support the Fair Tax Mark, and encourage organisations that bid for their business to adhere to the Fair Tax Mark standards.