Sustainable procurement Sustainable procurement

“Government Procurement can and should be used to support wider social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes that go beyond the immediate purchase of goods and services” – Government Rules of Procurement 4th Edition, Broader Outcomes

As a major public procurer delivering the high-quality transport infrastructure and services needed for Auckland’s growing population, one of AT’s priorities is value for money however this doesn’t necessarily mean only considering the price. Through sustainable procurement AT can create greater value by ensuring that all Aucklanders participate and share in our city’s growing economy and that we have a positive impact on the environment.

Post COVID-19, Auckland Transport and other public agencies have an important role to play in re-energising our markets. Through sustainable procurement AT can ensure Auckland’s economic recovery is equitable and builds on some of the worlds unprecedented environmental outcomes over the last few months.

Sustainable Procurement Framework

In 2018 Auckland Council Group endorsed the group Sustainable Procurement Framework. In the Framework Auckland Council and the CCO’s including Auckland Transport commit to undertaking our procurement activities in a way that meets our organisational objectives while having the least negative and most positive impact on economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing.

Read the Procurement Framework (PDF 1MB)

Our Action Plan 2021 - 2024

AT is excited to launch our Sustainable Procurement Action Plan 2021-2024.

You can read the Action Plan in full here

Our Sustainable Procurement Vision is that all AT’s procurement activities accelerate Auckland's transformation to a regenerative economy by creating shared socio-economic prosperity and enhancing the natural environment.

The Action Plan identifies 5 sustainability areas we are going to deliver through procurement to achieve this vision. It also identifies 4 strategic changes that we are going to make over the next five years across our procurement process, our teams and our culture to make our vision a reality.

AT’s five sustainable procurement focus areas:

Coming soon…

  • Sustainable Procurement Toolkit for AT Buyers
  • Sustainable Procurement Guidance for Suppliers
  • Training and education for AT staff and suppliers
  • Reporting templates

AT's sustainable procurement partners

To support us on our Sustainable Procurement Journey, AT has Partnered with leaders in this field. These organisations connect us with diverse businesses and provide advice on how to best deliver sustainability and value for money in projects.  

Check out their websites to see what they can offer, and to connect with them, please contact the procurement team.


An intermediary that supports supplier diversity by connecting buyers like AT to verified Māori and Pasifika Businesses.

The Ākina Foundation

Akina’s social and sustainable procurement experts facilitate connections between AT and certified social enterprise suppliers so that we can have a positive impact with every purchase.

Sustainable procurement in action 

Te Aroha Pā

Te Aroha Pā is one of our most recent advancements of the AT Marae upgrade project. These projects are intended to improve the driveway and parking facilities for Maraes to and the road safety around each site. For the Marae to benefit mana whenua and the wider community, AT also worked with Auckland Council departments and CCOs (council-controlled organisations) to invest in positive outcomes at Te Aroha Pā. The project was awarded to Lite Civil, a 100% Maori-owned business.

Read the case study to find out more (PDF 2.53MB)

Repurposing Unneeded Corporate Uniforms

We have seen unprecedented environmental improvements since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, experts note that this positive environmental change is not likely to be long-lasting and we cannot rely on the unintended environmental benefits brought about by the pandemic.

Alongside some of the improvements though we have also seen the birth of a new environmental hazard protector… the humble facemask. With it being a necessary safety requirement for all of our front-line staff, AT knew that there was a negative impact brought about by the waste these facemasks left on the environment.

Read the case study to find out more (PDF 1.36MB)

Puhinui Interchange – Successes on all outcome fronts

Puhinui Interchange provided great public value through the successful implementation of our sustainable procurement objectives. McConnell Dowell and Built Environs delivered a superb public transport asset and fully embraced the challenge to deliver broader outcomes throughout the physical works. 

Here are the areas that were targeted in the project.  

  • Improved community wellbeing
  • Targeted Employee Recruitment
  • Local economy prosperity through supplier diversity
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduction of water and energy use
  • The circularity of materials used for the creation of the station – Zero Waste to Landfill

 Read the case study to find out more (PDF 2.3MB)

Puhinui Station

Cleaning Contract 2021 - Partnering with TPS to make a difference

The contract for cleaning services for AT’s office at VHA, Albany and Downtown carpark came up for renewal in 2021. Given the new government direction, and the growth in AT’s own sustainable procurement program, the AT procurement and corporate accommodation teams took the opportunity to test how they could try and achieve Broader Outcomes through the cleaning sector.  

The tender was won by Total Property Services (TPS) who brought a range of sustainability initiatives and Broader Outcomes to the tender process. Not only did they propose an excellent tender, but they also hit the ground running in delivery. Shortly after the contract being awarded, TPS have already commenced delivery on several of these proposed initiatives.  

Read the case study to find out more (PDF 811KB)

Eastern Busway 1 – Native planting, creating hope

Te Whangai Trust is a charitable trust that provides native plants to the Auckland Council Family and other commercial projects throughout Waikato, Auckland and the Coromandel. They provide employment and pastoral care for New Zealand’s most vulnerable communities, long term unemployed and those exiting the justice system. Through the Eastern Busway programme, AT has partnered with Te Whangai to establish a new Native Plant Whangai Hub in Panmure. This hub will provide employment and support for vulnerable people whilst delivering native plants to the Eastern Busway programme.

More information about AT’s partnership with Te Whangai Trust coming soon.

Makaurau Marae carpark upgrade – Supplier diversity and shared socio-economic prosperity

Through the AT Entry/Exit Road Safety Programme AT contributed to an improved driveway and parking facility and Kohanga Reo (language nest) at Makauaru Marae to benefit mana whenua and the wider community. AT also worked with Auckland Council departments and CCOs to invest in positive environmental outcomes (storm and wastewater improvements) at Makaurau Marae.

With a new Supplier Diversity tactic, AT awarded the contract to a 100% Māori owned business to deliver socio-economic impact for the community.

Lite Civil directors, Joseph (Jay) Rawiri and business partner Komene Admore, with Auckland Transport board chief Adrienne Young-Cooper, centre, at the unveiling of the completed project.

Read more about the Makaurau Marae case study (PDF 203KB)

AT Corporate furniture re-purposing – reducing waste and supporting communities

In 2020 AT formalised our partnership with All Heart NZ a Charitable Trust who re-purposes AT's unneeded corporate furniture. Through AT’s latest 2019 office clear-out 100% of our redundant items, weighing 15,756 kgs were ethically and sustainably redirected with the benefit of going to NZ communities in need.

Read more about the All Heart NZ case study (PDF 210KB)

Ōtāhuhu Station - Fale Kofi social enterprise

Fale Kofi is a community social enterprise kiosk, and the result of collaboration between TSI, Auckland Transport and three South Auckland Māori and Pasifika local enterprises. The design and build of Fale Kofi, led by Roots Creative, tapped into the ideas and energy of local students from Ōtāhuhu College who took part in its construction. In a compact space, Fale Kofi has a distinctive Pacific look and feel and uses recycled materials in its construction. Next time you are going through Ōtāhuhu, we recommend you stop off at Fale Kofi.

Read more about the Fale Kofi case study (PDF 245KB)

Fale Kofi

Ōtāhuhu Streetscape Upgrade - building networks and experience for design students

Two design students gained experience at Boffa Miskell in site surveying, use of industry-standard design software, and project management through the upgrade of 1.5kn’s of Ōtāhuhu’s main street.

Two design students gained experience at Boffa Miskell

Read more about the Ōtāhuhu streetscape upgrade case study (PDF 1.6MB)

Manukau Bus Interchange

Through August 2017, thirteen young people (male and female) were recruited through The Southern Initiative (TSI) and Māori Pacific Trades Training school (MPTT) to Manukau Bus Interchange subcontractors, including in electrical, carpentry and scaffolding. In the context of South Auckland, where its' people are over-represented in general labouring, and climbing the ladder from general labouring is the exception, not the rule, these opportunities provided a vital springboard for future employment.

Read more about the Manukau Bus Station case study (PDF 267KB)

Students from TSI's and Maori Pacific Trades Training school

Pukekohe Bus and Rail Station – creating employment opportunities for young people

The rapid upgrade of a railway station delivers on-site training for young people, equipping them for future work opportunities. 

Read more about the Pukekohe Bus and Rail Station case study (PDF 226KB)

AT’s partnership with The Southern Initiative

If you have any questions about sustainable procurement, please contact us.