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Procuring the future

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The National Action Plan gives government a clear direction on how to make real progress toward better, more sustainable procurement.

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In the 2005 Sustainable Development Strategy, the UK Government stated its ambitious goal to be amongst the leaders in the EU on sustainable procurement by 2009. It recognised that current initiatives alone would not deliver that.

To this end the Sustainable Procurement Task Force (SPTF), jointly funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and HM Treasury, was set up under the direction of Sir Neville Simms, Chairman of International Power Plc. and a leading private sector proponent of sustainability. The National Action Plan: ‘Procuring the Future’, delivered its findings and recommendations on 12 June 2006.

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