- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
- Part of:
- Food buying standards for the public sector: The Plan: toolkit, Food and farming industry, and Sustainable development
- 21 July 2014
- Last updated:
- 27 March 2015, see all updates
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
This scorecard shows those buying food or catering services for the public sector how to evaluate the cost of services against other criteria.
You should use this balanced scorecard if you are a buyer of food and catering services in the public sector. It helps you evaluate a variety of criteria when making decisions about purchases. It shows you how straightforward criteria, such as cost, can be ‘balanced’ against more complex criteria, including:
- sustainability in production
- health and nutrition
- resource efficiency
- social – economic value
- quality of service
This makes sure you chose the best tender, in terms of value for money in its full sense.
The balanced scorecard makes the process of tendering and competing for contracts clearer.
If you are a business wishing to supply to the public sector, you can use it to gain a better understanding of requirements. This could help you to gain access to government and public sector contracts. The scorecard rewards businesses that operate to higher standards, which encourages improvement and innovation.
This is part of a plan for public procurement of food: toolkit.
Published: 21 July 2014
Updated: 27 March 2015
- Balance scorecard document replaced with version that is annotated with clarifications and extra definitions.
- A minor change to the document under the 'Note on assurance schemes' heading.
- First published.