Sustainable Procurement

Most large organisations have adopted some aspects of good sustainable procurement practices (CIPS: Sustainable procurement).

Information about Sustainable Procurement

The factors that should be considered by sustainable procurement include non-renewable material use, manufacture and production methods, logistics, recycling options, disposal and supplier capabilities. At the macro level, sustainable procurement can deliver better economic, environmental and social outcomes. These macro level issues also need to be considered while analysing the impact of sustainable procurement on the purchasing and supply chain environment: economic impact of sustainability refers to corporate governance, ethical trading and payment on time; environmental impact may include biodiversity, climate change and carbon footprints factors; and social impact incorporates diversity and human rights (CIPS: Sustainable Procurement). At the micro/organisational level, sustainable procurement can generate value for money and raise efficiencies within organisations (e.g. by managing supply risks and augmenting resource productivity levels) and lead to cost effective procurement (CIPS: Sustainable procurement; Improvement and Development Agency, 2003; Thomson and Jackson, 2007).

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