The Chamber is a supporting organization of the Green
Procurement Charter developed by the Hong Kong Green Council.
Green procurement involves many aspects of environmental
protection, particularly in relation to resource management.
In terms of combating air pollution, it can help by
encouraging business practices that are less emission-prone.
We thus support a concerted campaign to promote the Green
Procurement Charter. (32)
Specifically, the Chamber would encourage the adoption of
the Chamber/BCE Clean Air Charter as a pre-requisite in
procurement practices. The
government can lead by incorporating the Clean Cir Charter into
its own procurement codes. We
propose that this be considered in three stages:
suasion: issuing an advisory to suppliers and service
providers on government¡¦s tender lists, advising them that
the government is a signatory of the Clean Air Charter and
encouraging them to also adopt the Charter;
advising suppliers and service providers that for government
tenders, certified Charter signatories will be favourably
considered among bidders of identical scores;
requirement: making Charter endorsement a pre-requisite for
supplying goods or services to the government (in the same
manner as the Wage Protection Movement).
Once the government has taken the lead, the same
procurement requirement (i.e. prior endorsement of the Clean Air
Charter) can be promoted to business corporations.