16 October 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers should encourage their suppliers to "brag" about their achievements on sustainability, according to a senior purchaser.
Addressing delegates at a facilities management (FM) conference in London yesterday, Jon Crump, director of procurement at FM firm Interserve, said getting vendors to talk up their sustainable credentials can help create a more responsible supply chain.
"Getting a snowball effect is important. If suppliers are talking about new sustainable innovations it encourages others to do the same and eventually their culture begins to change," he said.
Sunil Shah, head of sustainability at engineering firm Jacobs, agreed. He said it is important to "change the language" of suppliers to help create a more sustainable supply chain. Crump added it can be a challenge, but he encouraged vendors to come forward by making it a key part of Interserve's supplier review. "Get suppliers to brag more often - I only hear from suppliers when going to tender."