qathet Regional District updates purchasing policy

Directors amend bylaw to include social, economic and cultural sustainability

qathet Regional District (qRD) has updated its purchasing policy to include social, economic and cultural sustainability.

At the June 25 regional board meeting, directors carried an amendment to the purchasing authority bylaw to reflect the change in policy.

In the previous bylaw, the policy statement read: It is the policy of the qRD to acquire goods and services through a competitive process whenever practical that results in supply arrangements at the most effective net cost, in the correct quantities, or the appropriate quality, including recycled content, lowest possible toxicity, recyclability wherever possible and from the most responsive and responsible source.

That policy statement will be replaced by the following: It is the policy of qRD to acquire goods and services through a public process resulting in supply arrangements that offer best value with consideration towards total cost, quality, service, as well as environmental, economic and cultural sustainability.

Electoral Area B director Mark Gisborne said this bylaw amendment is for social procurement and adds the word social to the regional district’s purchasing authority.

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