We will require, help and encourage our ICT supply partners to develop and deliver accessible products and services. We will formally consider accessibility in all our procurement decisions. We will purchase solutions which are as accessible as possible.
Where solutions are developed out of house or you are purchasing off the shelf products, you should consider accessibility as early as possible in your procurement process. This enables you to work with your suppliers to ensure they share your understanding of what must be done to ensure the products and solutions you are buying are as accessible as possible.
We recognise that it may not always be possible to purchase products that are fully accessible. Nonetheless, you should ensure you buy products that can be used by as many people as possible, and document the part accessibility considerations have played in your purchasing decisions.
Technology Taskforce Procurement Protocol
The Procurement protocol developed by our Technology Taskforce includes the following details:
A ‘Charter’/Executive Declaration which informs those in the business who make purchasing decisions (such as HR selecting online recruitment software) that they must make accessibility a mandatory consideration. It is phrased as a letter from the CEO or other senior executive.
Some open and exploratory questions designed to help both purchasers and procurement specialists to have the structured conversation with potential suppliers which makes it easier to determine if their products/services are likely to be accessible/usable.
A menu of product category requirements together with best practice examples, going beyond mere compliance with legal/technical standards. These will help parties, the customer and supplier, to assess particular products against acknowledged best practice before taking decisions.