In pursuit of responsible and sustainable sourcing goals, Fairfax County strives to document and monitor the performance of our mission critical suppliers using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) supplier assessments. CSR assessments are conducted across four focus areas: environment, labor and human rights, fair labor practices and sustainable procurement (how our suppliers source materials). Fairfax has partnered with EcoVadis to conduct CSR assessments.
Check out our short video and letter from DPMM Director Cathy Muse as well as resources from EcoVadis at the link below.
Selected suppliers are contacted directly with an invitation to participate, however all Fairfax County suppliers are welcome to participate. Click the link below to register!
Fairfax County’s supply chain is large and complex - $1 billion is spent annually with thousands of suppliers across hundreds of sectors. The corresponding environmental and social impacts are also large. Responsibility is not solely about how Fairfax operates, such as buying and using energy efficient technology, it is also about addressing the upstream impacts of a large supply chain.
Impacts from an organization's purchasing decisions include the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, supplier labor practices, supplier diversity, etc. And they can be significant. According to World Resources Institute, for every can of garbage at the curb, there are 87 cans' of garbage generated in the extraction industries that produce the finished products. Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the group that sets standards for measuring climate-warming emissions, has developed an entire reporting methodology for organizations to track upstream or 'value chain' impacts (called Scope 3 emissions). Organizations that publicly disclose climate-warming emissions often document more emissions from their 'value chain' than from direct or indirect emissions.
DPMM is committed to developing responsible and sustainable sourcing strategies to realize the County’s Environmental Vision, Energy Strategy, One Fairfax Policy on racial and social equity and future climate action plans. Responsible and sustainable sourcing strategies will deliver improved performance in Fairfax County and throughout the County's supply chain - with benefits shared between Fairfax, our suppliers and all stakeholders in between.
Responsible and sustainable sourcing is a priority. Current and prospective suppliers – we welcome your partnership to achieve these goals.
Our Supply Chain's CSR Performance
In 2019 and 2020 DPMM invited top strategic business partners to participate in the Supply Chain CSR Program. Thanks to participants representing over $275 million in annual spend, Fairfax County obtained key information about its supply chain's social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and risk! Click the link below to view the first annual report of Fairfax County's supply chain CSR performance, published March 2021.
Supplier diversity is a critical component to responsible and sustainable sourcing efforts. A supply chain that mirrors our community's diversity helps establish a pipeline of innovation, ensures robust competition, helps buffer against risk and much more. Learn more about our supplier diversity program below.
Current and prospective suppliers, do you need assistance or have questions? Contact the Sustainable Procurement Team at 703-324-3621 or email via the link below. Supplier CSR Assessments are conducted by EcoVadis through a partnership between Fairfax County’s Dept. of Procurement and Material Management, One Fairfax Policy Team and Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination.