TNI follows its Procurement Policy, which privileges small suppliers that share our values, with this being the primary criterion used in procuring supplies and (technical) services. This includes demonstrable commitments to ecological sustainability, fair trade practices and/or cooperative ownership structures.
Some examples of how TNI puts its values into practice in this regard, include:
- a worker-owned cooperative is contracted for cleaning services.
- an informal network of artisans and small companies with strong affinity for TNI’s values are contracted for building maintenance.
- contracting auditing and financial administration companies specifically dedicated to serving the non-profit sector.
- using a non-profit travel agency dedicated specifically to supporting humanitarian organisations.
- investing in improved video conferencing facilities to help minimise the necessity for travel, and encouraging staff wherever possible to travel by train rather than fly or drive.
- none of our staff uses a car to travel to work.
- using only recycled or FSC-certified paper for printing, printing the minimum required, and always double-sided.
- buying tea and coffee supplies from a fair trade company which TNI has supported over many decades, and buying other organic and fairly produced products as far as possible.
- separating our waste (paper, glass, chemical, plastic, batteries, ink cartridges) for responsible recycling
There were no procurements over Euro 30,000 in 2020 that would require a tender processes under TNI’s Procurement Policy.