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WSBF Briefing: Round Table 'Sustainable Procurement and SMEs'

WSBF Briefing: Round Table 'Sustainable Procurement and SMEs'

July 2015

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum held this round table to considere the role of public sector procurement in improving sustainability standards in the private sector and how sustainable procurement can engage with SMEs, in light of the Government’s commitment to increase SME participation in public procurement to 33 per cent. 

Attendees at this round table event discussed, inter alia, how the Government’s commitment to increase the participation of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in public procurement processes can be delivered in a sustainable way. The discussion also considered the capacity SMEs have to develop innovative sustainability practices, the specific challenges they face across different sectors and the role larger businesses can play in assisting SMEs to improve their sustainability standards. 

Participating organisations:

Action SustainabilityAll-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource GroupAlbion WaterCentre for Research into SustainabilityFederation of Small BusinessesHuw Irranca-Davies MP Baroness MillerPolicy ConnectWestminster Sustainable Business Forum  Download the Briefing PaperFind out about WSBF membershipContact the WSBF About WSBF Briefings The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum operates a busy annual programme of member-only events and roundtables designed to bring together Parliamentarians, policymakers and leading private and public sector organisations to debate and promote effective sustainability policy in the UK.  After each event, a comprehensive briefing is produced, laying out the key ideas and findings raised and discussed by participants, and circulated among attendees and other WSBF member organisations. Six months later, the briefing is made available to the wider public here, on the WSBF website. If you would like to attend an event or receive our briefings, don't hesitate to contact us to find out how you can become a member of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum.