09 January 2008 | Paul Snell
Just over half of organisations believe sustainability should be a consideration when selecting new suppliers.
According to research carried out by BT and Datamonitor, 56 per cent of buyers thought they had a responsibility to examine a potential supplier's record on sustainability.
Public sector buyers feel the most responsible, with 71 per cent prepared to examine a supplier's sustainability credentials. They were followed by those in the utilities sector (68 per cent), construction (60 per cent), retail (56 per cent), media and leisure (54 per cent), financial services (47 per cent) and transport (44 per cent).
The public sector also scored highly in the public's perception, seen as the second most environmentally and socially responsible areas, just behind utilities firms. Financial services firms were seen as the least responsible.
Neil Hendry, director of consulting at Datamonitor, said in a statement: "It's interesting that while businesses are starting to recognise the benefits of adopting more sustainable working practices, they also point to significant challenges. Clearly sustainable business is no longer a nice-to-have option, and it is being recognised that in order to satisfy the demands of consumers, organisations have to take this issue seriously."