A SCOTS software company is helping the country’s public bodies to kick-start the national economic recovery post-Covid-19 by allowing them to embed sustainability requirements in their procurements.

A new platform, developed by the software consultancy firm Horisk Leslie Development, brings together three tools designed to help Scotland’s public sector organisations “identify and address how they can optimise their economic, social and environmental outcomes”.

The Sustainable Procurement Tools platform also enables better sharing of knowledge and experience within and beyond the organisations and makes them more likely to be used and deliver their benefits to the organisations, businesses and the public.

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Speaking about the new platform, company director Brian Horisk said: “We’re delighted to have had another large public sector client – [Scottish Procurement] – select us to develop a key tool which will be used by many organisations throughout Scotland to help us not only recover from the social, economic and environmental damage done by Covid-19 but also rebuild in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable way so the benefits are enjoyed by all and help Scotland meet its climate goals.

“As someone committed to sustainable development, this has been a very satisfying project to use our specialism in bespoke software systems which simplify using organisation processes. It’s great to see it being adopted so widely already – allowing the benefits to be realised so soon.”

Lorraine Hook, of Scottish Procurement, said: “Horisk’s experience of developing similar tools for other public sector organisations was invaluable.

"As a result, we now have a single platform which provides easier access to our suite of tools and supporting guidance.”