RTA receives BSI certificate for sustainable procurement practices

By Georgia Wilson
Road and Transport Authority (RTA) received an ISO 20400:2017 certificate for its sustainable procurement practices on Friday (27 September 2019). The...

Road and Transport Authority (RTA) received an ISO 20400:2017 certificate for its sustainable procurement practices on Friday (27 September 2019).

The certificate was rewarded to RTA by the British Standards Institute (BSI), becoming the first transport organisation to receive this certification worldwide.

“Obtaining ISO certificate endorses RTA’s efforts in implementing sound sustainable procurement and contracting processes. It also reflects the controls in place to reduce negative environmental, social and economic impacts. It complements a host of RTA’s strategic goals such as safety and environmental sustainability, financial sustainability, and asset sustainability,” explained Saeed Al Marri, Director of Contracts and Procurement at RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector.

“It is gratifying that the environmental element was quoted in ISO certificate awarded. RTA’s care for the environment is reflected in the procurement of environmental-friendly products to conserve the use of natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. It also sets the standards for disposing of materials sourced through environmentally safe processes besides identifying potential areas for improvement,” continues Al Marri.

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Economically RTA looks to analyse the cost of a products lifecycle throughout the supply chain to reduce costs as well as raise the proportion of suppliers listed under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development to encourage business growth and aims to increase its work with companies that support local communities.

“RTA is keen to implement the best global practices and standards while endeavouring to improve the quality of its corporate business practices, and align them with the government policies for sustainability and expenditure,” concluded Al Marri.

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