Sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement advances supplier operations and performance. It allows us to:

  • Achieve better value and outcomes by leveraging resources and relationships to support sector knowledge, growth, and development
  • Play a leadership role in who we do business with and what we buy, exposing emerging and innovative opportunities

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Supplier Code of Conduct sets the minimum performance standards for the City of Vancouver's Ethical Purchasing Policy.

Social (value) procurement

Invests in equitable economic participation that advance outcomes of inclusion, diversity, reconciliation, equity, and well-being, by: 

  • Increasing economic opportunities for businesses: 
    • With recognized certification
    • Are social or diverse based on being owned or controlled by an equity seeking population (examples: non-profits, coops, women, Indigenous persons, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+)
  • Improving economic independence and capacities through:
    • Employment equity, access, and rights
    • Ethical purchasing – fairtrade, labour standards, health and safety, animal welfare
    • Economic well-being - Living Wage, employee development and advancement
    • Workforce diversity – participation for underemployed, unemployed, under-represented or equity-seeking populations

Social procurement framework

Social value businesses are invited to provide information on the types of goods and services they provide and their capacity to deliver.

Living wage

Learn about the living wage and what this means for vendors.

Ethical Purchasing Policy

Our Ethical Purchasing Policy ensures that all City suppliers meet the performance standards in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Read the policy and see where products we use are made.

Environmental and green procurement

Invests in suppliers aligned with Green Vancouver and climate smart operations that are striving to be better for the environment, by:

  • Preserving and restoring healthy ecosystems and natural habitats by minimizing pollution, conserving natural resources, and regenerating ecological/food systems, including:
    • Clean water
    • Water consumption
    • Toxicity 
    • Local food
  • Reducing and diverting waste (packaging, end of life, single-use elimination) “Zero Waste”
  • Reducing and eliminating the dependence on fossil fuels and minimizing the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) (renewable energy, circular economy) “Zero Carbon”

Green Vancouver

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.