Council, 11 December 2003

The Christchurch City Council will seek to give preference where that is practicable and affordable, and can be appropriately assessed, to suppliers or contractors who can show that they are actively working towards the preferences set out in the Council's Supply Chain Sustainability Policy.

The Council, in appropriate tender or procurement requests, will request information from prospective companies as to the measures they have in place to achieve the preferences set out in the policy. When using this policy, the Council will clearly set out in advance whether it is intending to take these preferences into account, and the extent to which they will influence the decision of the Council on that contract.



Reason for Preference


Energy Efficiency

Enterprises that have active energy efficiency programmes which minimise the use of non-renewable fuels

  • Enables significant savings
  • Assists to ensure more certainty of supply in the medium to long-term
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Managed energy-efficient buildings
  • Minimum emission vehicle fleets.

Good Employer

Enterprises that exhibit good employer practices

Good employer practices result in efficient, predictable and socially responsible business outcomes. They also anticipate and meet diversified market expectations.

  • Meeting reasonable employee expectations relating to personal development
  • Freedom of association
  • Security of contracts
  • A positive approach to workforce diversity
  • Remuneration and work practices to encourage work-force stability and provide a reasonable living wage.

ECO Efficiency

Products and production procedures that maximise eco-efficiency

  • Durability of product life
  • Extending life-cycles of product
  • Major potential cost reductions in re-use of secondary rather than primary materials
  • Minimising waste to landfill
  • Ensuring limited resources are maximised
  • Cleaner production.
  • Paper with minimum 20% recyclable content
  • Timber sourced from FSC forests
  • Minimising packaging
  • Durability vs disposability
  • Sustainable management of raw materials sources
  • Environmental certifications.


Products that minimise use of hazardous substances

Exposing the business practically and in terms of reputation to unnecessary risk makes no sense. Putting procedures in place to ensure safety and transparency is good business.

Procedures in place to:

  • Measure environmental impact of materials and processes
  • Ensure no hazardous materials and processes
  • Improve environmental impacts.

Health & Safety

Enterprises that have active commitment to health and safety, with investment in physical and mental well-being, injury prevention and rehabilitation

Strong health and safety policies are a definitive area for a good employer. It also minimises costs, improves social impacts on society as a whole and minimises pain and suffering.

  • Active participation of employees
  • Safe workplaces
  • Transparent reporting
  • Reduced absenteeism.

Local Suppliers

Sourcing products and services that are created by local suppliers

This preference demonstrates support for the growth of local economies, minimises transport costs, and shows a commitment to sustainable management regimes.

  • Small price margin favouring local suppliers.


Ethical enterprises that transparently report social, environmental and economic impacts and performance

Reporting provides the shop window where businesses display their performance and publicly present their values and achievements. Transparent, complete reporting that engages stakeholders provides an assurance that a company is managing all dimensions of its performance and its impacts on society and the environment.

  • Triple bottom line reporting
  • Sustainability reporting.


Ethical enterprises where policy and practice on sustainable best-practice is reflected at Chief Executive and Board level

Demonstrable commitment at a governance level to the preferences identified throughout ensures company policy and practice is carried through.

  • Inclusion of SD targets in CEO's performance agreement and remuneration
  • Clear SD leadership from Board.


11 December 2003