9 February 2011 | Adam Leach
Chief procurement officers from some of Holland’s biggest companies, including Heineken, KPN and KLM have signed a manifesto for improving sustainable sourcing.
The group of 17, which also includes CPOs from electronics company Philips and paint company AkzoNobel, have committed to promoting sustainability across their companies.
All signatories have pledged to ensure that potential bid parties and suppliers are informed that environmental and social criteria will be, “part of the decision whether or not to procure a product or service”. In addition, the firms will either conform to a pre-existing code of environmental and social practice or construct their own.
Participants also committed to challenge “suppliers to join forces in coming up with alternatives for the existing products and services” that comply with environmental and social criteria.
The group hope that by signing it they will spur on the market as it tries to become more sustainable, boost each company’s corporate social responsibility performance and set a benchmark for others to reach.