As an AECOM-led service, DPSA supports and promotes AECOM’s Global Sustainable Procurement Strategy and seeks to create zero harm through its procurement activities.
At DPSA, sustainability considerations are taken into account for selection of supplier proposals and will be embedded in the supplier selection & evaluation mechanism. All DPSA / AECOM systems are certified to ISO 14001 standard (Environmental Management System). Sustainability and regard for environmental concerns are at the heart of what we do. We ensure that sustainability is at the forefront of procurement decision-making and that consideration is given to goods and equipment which cause less impact on the environment, economy or the erosion of social value. To ensure we adhere to best practices in environmental, social and governance practices, we operate in line with the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles covering human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. You can see these 10 principles here
Beyond those basic principles which underpin all of our sourcing activity, we work with our clients to determine the solutions that achieve lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), which is not necessarily the lowest item price. We consider the cost of product, transportation, environmental impact, warranty support, maintenance, after-sales support and other cost factors related to a particular product such as component obsolescence and according to the customer’s expressed wishes. Often the environmentally-best option is not necessarily unambiguous. For example, while there are a wide range of clear benefits to sourcing locally, including reduced emissions derived from transportation, we are aware of the potential for lower environmental standards and controls for locally-manufactured goods. Because of this, we implement a screening process for proposed vendor specifications that consider, for example, use of ozone-depleting or toxic substances and mitigate use of non-reusable and/or excessive packaging.