Our Commitment to Sustainable Procurement

A highly effective and sustainable supply chain is a critical part of the success of our business.

We want our supply chain to be highly successful, innovative organisation that grow, develop and thrive as a direct result of working with each other and us.

We strive for excellence and our expectations of our supply chain relationships are:

All partners adopt a similar philosophy when dealing with the extended supply chain.

Our Code of Ethics is available via the following link

Supplying us

Working with the best suppliers is vital to ensure we improve our performance and provide a better service to customers.

We work with our suppliers to find new ways of working and to innovate in the way we do things and the products and techniques we use.

Supplier qualification

The European public contracts directive (2004/18/EC) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts. The European utilities contracts directive (2004/17/EC) applies to certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, and Transport sectors.

The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, can be found on the Official Journal of the European Communities website, (www.OJEC.com).   Thresholds are net of VAT.

Yorkshire Water use the Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) operated by Achilles Information Limited for all contracts that meet or exceed the EU procurement thresholds. The administration costs of the UVDB are met by both utilities and suppliers.  If you're already registered on the UVDB then you don't need to re-apply but may wish to ensure you're registered under all relevant product categories. If you're not registered on the UVDB you may wish to consider applying to ensure you don't miss opportunities with us or other subscribing utility companies. For more information visit the Achilles website  

Our Sustainable Approach

In line with our strategic business objectives we must consider the economic, social and environmental sustainable factors in the goods and services we procure. The sustainable supply chain policy below demonstrates our commitment to achieving this:

The Kelda Group Sustainable Supply Chain Policy (PDF, 196kb)

Public reporting on suppliers performance

To provide transparency on our suppliers performance, we have provided an update of suppliers current performance during 2016/17 to date. 

The information provided covers partners involved in water networks, waste water networks and asset solutions.  The table includes the relevant strategic business objective, a description of the performance element and the 2016/17 target.  The latest position refers to data for the period 01.04.2016 to 30.08.2016.

Supplier performance report

Our targets

2017/18 target: Publish our new sustainable procurement strategy and communicate it to our colleagues and suppliers, and define future SBO targets.

Achieve a 5% reduction in business mileage in comparison to 2016/17 and work towards a reduction in average CO2 emissions from company cars to below 100g/km by 2020.

By 2020 we will ensure that in addition to complying with all legal requirements, our procurement processes meet our high business expectations. This includes meeting the supply chain requirements of specific externally verified standards that we are committed to achieving and maintaining, such as the Carbon Trust Standard. More information on our business targets and performance can be found in the Annual Report and Financial Statements. In parallel to this we will work towards demonstrating best practice in our approach to three areas: health and safety, resilience, and modern slavery.

By 2025 we will continue to enhance our reputation by demonstrating best practice in health and safety, resilience, and modern slavery, whilst also increasing our focus on environmental factors such as water efficiency and waste.

Further information regarding the above is available on our Sustainable Procurement Strategy document