At DLA Piper, sustainability and responsibility are central to how we operate. We recognize both the opportunity and the responsibility for business to take a lead role in addressing pressing global issues. We believe that sustainable procurement will help us to achieve sustainable growth by managing risk, maximizing efficiency and driving value.
To protect from risk and maximise value for the firm, its brand, people and clients by managing the Environmental, Social and Economic risks associated with procurement activity through the application of common procedures throughout the firm.
Relation to other relevant policies
This policy sets out overarching expectations for the integration of ESG risk and opportunity management into DLA Piper's (DLA Piper International LLP) procurement management systems. It is aligned with other relevant and complementary policies that address specific sustainability or responsibility requirements or procedures across the firm (see Related Documents paragraph).
The more thematically focused policies will take precedent should any inconsistency arise between this policy and the ones listed here.
The policy applies in addition to any applicable local or international legal or regulatory obligations and in all professional and business activities undertaken by the firm.
DLA Piper International LLP (DLA Piper) is committed to identifying and managing the environmental, social and economic impacts within our supply chain. The Sustainable Procurement Policy outlines the standards and expectations that we expect everyone at DLA Piper to adhere to.
To meet this commitment we will:
- recognise and take action to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of our supply chain, and take a life cycle perspective on goods and services;
- comply with all applicable laws and regulations. If national law conflicts with the standards set out in this Policy or any other DLA Piper policy, we will we will seek ways to meet the higher standard, and encourage our suppliers to do the same;
- work to integrate principles of sustainable procurement, as outlined by ISO 20400, into our procurement management systems and processes, and strive to ensure our management systems adhere to high standards of practice, as is generally recognised and accepted by the global business community;
- consider the entire life cycle costs to include value for money as well the social and environmental costs and benefits of our procurement activities;
- ensure continual improvement of our sustainability practices and outcomes, and encourage our suppliers to do the same;
- strive to support full and fair opportunity and diversity in our supply chain where feasible, with open competition to all suppliers, including local suppliers and small and medium-sized organisations;
- respect internationally recognized human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the core international human rights treaties.
- partner with suppliers to deliver our sustainability objectives and encourage innovative procurement practices to promote more sustainable outcomes throughout our supply chain;
- remain transparent and openly report on our performance internally and externally, as appropriate;
- respect, consider and respond to the interests of stakeholders impacted by our procurement activities.
Roles and Responsibilities
All of the firm's partners, employees, interns and consultants are individually responsible for complying with this policy.
Policy Manager: Charlotte Woodworth, Head of Procurement
Version: 2.0 (Review Date: 30/10/2022)