Climate change agreement prompts buyers to review procurement strategies

6 January 2016

More than 70% of procurement professionals believe the Paris Agreement on climate change will have an impact on their work and lead to a review of departmental strategies, according to a survey.

Ivalua’s Trending in Procurement survey was carried out among 120 European purchasers following the United Nations climate change conference (COP 21) in November. It aimed to assess the procurement profession’s perception of the event and its impact on their strategies.

The climate change agreement aims to support the fight against climate change and paves the way towards a low-emission global economy. Although not legally binding for signatories, anticipation of stricter regulations when the agreement is transposed into national laws is the main driver for procurement departments reviewing strategies, cited by 75% of respondents to the survey.

Ivalua found 62% of respondents said they would implement more rigorous supplier evaluations based on environmental criteria, and the third most-cited response was the intention to reassess climate change risks in the supply chain.

Setting up new management guidelines to promote the adoption of energy saving initiatives by procurement teams, or promoting the development of low emissions products and services was cited by just under 15 per cent of respondents.

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