22 August 2002
Green procurement could be part of the professional CIPS qualification if a pilot scheme launched next month is a success.
CIPS has teamed up with the Environment Agency and London Remade, the recycling advisers backed by the Greater London Authority, to develop an environmental procurement training programme, believed to be the first of its kind.
For the pilot scheme, London Remade will select a cross-section of the 122 signatories to the green procurement code [set up by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London] for training in sustainable procurement and the purchase of recycled goods.
Carl Kockelbergh, CIPS's practice development officer, said he hoped the course would help to integrate green concerns into the institute's qualifications.
• The Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability has a toolkit for colleges to develop sustainable purchasing strategies. See www.heps.org.uk