DSC Accredited by Sustainable Procurement ISO 20400:2017
Image: H.E. Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC
Within the framework of the Dubai government's directions and policies on sustainability and integrating the concepts of sensible government expenditure and rationalization of consumption and based on promoting the role of government entities towards community responsibility, the Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) has been accredited by Sustainable Procurement ISO 20400:2017 granted by the Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Company.
Noteworthy, DSC is among the first government entities in UAE to be accredited by such a prestigious certification. ISO 20400:2017 reflects the DSC's commitment to be responsible and guiding the strategy and policy of sustainable procurement meant to monitor and control processes of procurement and to mitigate their environmental, social and economic impacts.
H.E. Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC, underlined that the Sustainable Procurement ISO 20400:2017 reflects the DSc's sincere interest in achieving sustainable development while considering its environmental, social and economic pillars and measuring its impact over the long term.
"The environmental pillar of this standard impels DSC to purchase environmentally friendly products and preserves natural resources in a sustainable manner. It also sets standards for the disposal of purchased products safely that saves the environment," he said.
He added that the social pillar identified by ISO 20400:2017 is dedicated to raise the rate of purchases meant to support members funded by Dubai SME, as well as local suppliers who support the local community.
Arif Al Muhairi went on to say: "The economic pillar of sustainable procurement under this international standard focuses on achieving fair purchases, offering all suppliers equal contractual opportunities. It also aims to enhance the sensible government expenditure which analyzes the calculation of the cost of the product life cycle starting from the cost of the supply chain, cost of using the product and disposal of the product in a sound economic method on the long term."
H.E. Al Muhairi stated that DSC is so keen to implement the best international practices and standards to enhance the quality of DSC work. He signed off: "In the past few years, DSC was accredited by 11 ISO certifications which have had a significant impact on boosting the quality and efficiency of DSC work and achieving the topmost levels of efficiency."